HOW DID AMERICA’S POLICE DEPARTMENTS LOSE LOADS OF MILITARY-ISSUED WEAPONS?

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184 police departments suspended from Pentagon’s “1033 program” for missing weapons or failure to comply with guidelines

by DANIEL RIVERO @TooMuchMe
Jorge Rivas and JORGE RIVAS @thisisjorge Posted 08/25/2014, 02:01PM
Updated 08/26/2014, 10:23AM

Haunting images of local police officials using military-issued equipment to quell protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised new concerns about the Pentagon’s controversial program to equip local and state police departments with military surplus weaponry.

The program, now under White House review, has been plagued by messy bookkeeping, bureaucratic confusion and scores of missing weapons.

Fusion has learned that 184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon’s “1033 program” for missing weapons or failure to comply with other guidelines. We uncovered a pattern of missing M14 and M16 assault rifles across the country, as well as instances of missing .45-caliber pistols, shotguns and 2 cases of missing Humvee vehicles.

“[The program] is obviously…

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