Pentagon fueled Ferguson Confrontation

USA Today | August 14, 2014

By David Mastio and Kelsey Rupp

Department of Defense provided surplus military vehicles, rifles, pistols to local police departments.

St. Louis County law enforcement agencies received twelve 5.56 millimeter rifles and six .45 caliber pistols from the Department of Defense between Aug. 2, 2010, and Feb. 13, 2013, a Missouri public safety official confirmed Thursday. Ferguson, Mo., is within St. Louis County. The Pentagon allows information on “tactical” equipment to be released only at a county level, so which police department(s) in the county received the weaponry is not available.

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