Private “charities” are supplying police with military-grade equipment
People across the United States have started expressing concern with the dramatic increase in military-grade equipment that’s being used by many police departments in the country. This was brought into light much more fully following the protests in Ferguson and, more accurately, how the local police department responded to them.
While it’s easy to become focused on the militarization of America’s police departments when you see images of police officers pointing automatic rifles at demonstrators, a separate, but just as questionable practice has also been taking root in some of the largest police departments in the United States for the last few years.
A new report from ProPublica points to the police departments of New York City, Los Angles, Atlanta, and Oakland have all turned to private organizations in recent years in order to acquire new equipment for law enforcement. This ranges from simple things like horses for mounted police units to more questionable things such as advanced spy software.
The organizations that supply the police departments with this equipment are considered charities, and these equipment that they give to police departments is usually given as “gifts” or “donations”. This allows the police departments to acquire new, and often questionable equipment without spending money or getting approval from public authorities.
Read more about the story at ProPublica.