WAR GEAR: US Police Depts. Stock Up On Grenade Launchers, Night Vision Goggles, Armored Cars, Ghillie Grass Suits
A U.S. Marine looks through the M2A1 reflex sight on a newly-issued M32 MGL (MGL-140) in Iraq, 3 September 2006.
Police departments across the nation are recruiting potential officers to dress in complete Ghillie grass camo suits for special operations.
US police departments across the US are stocking up on grenade launchers, night vision goggles and armored cars.
Investment Watch Blog reported:
Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small.
The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The Lewiston, Maine police department unveiled the MARCbot IV, or Multi-Functional Agile Remote Controlled Robot, fresh from the U.S. Army and complete with an Xbox controller.
The vehicle and the robot were free to the LPD from the Obama administration as a reallocation of military surplus.