Over the last couple of years we’ve featured a number of articles on the militarization of our State and local police forces by the Department of Homeland Security.
Through federal terrorism grants, local police forces are stockpiling military weaponry and battlefield gear at an alarming rate. In fact, just this month the U.S. Army gave away 13,000 armored trucks, worth about $500,000 each, to the Department of Homeland Security who distributed them to local police forces throughout the country. These high-powered military vehicles, which were built specifically for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, will now be patrolling the streets of America.
The guys over at Arrest Records sent me an interesting infographic this morning that highlights some of what’s going on.