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Posted inCriminal JusticeMilitarization of Police

Feds want inventory of free military equipment given to police

These long-haul semitrailers are used by the LA sheriff to retrieve excess military equipment from around the country. LA County Sheriff’s Department Local police will temporarily be barred from receiving free surplus Defense Department weapons until state governments can prove they’ve adequately kept track of an array of military equipment – including armored vehicles, computers, tactical […]

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Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear

Fargo police Capt. Patrick Claus logs in to a patrol car’s computer. The military-style assault rifle in the car is now standard issue for many police department.Andrew Becker/Center for Investigative Reporting If terrorists ever target Fargo, N.D., the local police will be ready. In recent years, they have bought bomb-detection robots, digital communications equipment and Kevlar […]

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Zapping Taser: The Lawsuits

While Heston plays out—the plaintiffs are fighting for attorneys’ fees—Taser International still faces about 40 lawsuits against it alleging wrongful death or personal injury. Five of those have 2009 trial dates, the first beginning in March, according to Taser’s latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A brief summary of the upcoming cases: Bolander […]