Missing Assault Rifles Lead Feds To End Surplus Weapons Giveaways To San Mateo, Napa County Sheriff’s Offices
The delivery of mine-resistant vehicles to local law enforcement agencies last month generated outcry about the ills of militarizing police agencies in the United States. Those cries could grow louder now that some of the other weapons in that program are unaccounted for.
Amid a national debate over the militarization of the police, the San Jose Police Department has decided to return a 15-ton armored vehicle it received earlier this year from the military surplus program.
The newest crime-fighting tool for the college town of about 65,000 is a mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle. The MRAP was developed by the military for the war. After Pentagon budget cuts, the vehicle has been making its way to local law enforcement.