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Police departments weigh in on use of military-type gear and guns

Police departments weigh in on use of military-type gear and guns

Beginning last Saturday, and then for several nights in a row, the image of Ferguson, Mo., police officers in camouflage pointing high-caliber rifles from armored vehicles at unarmed protesters was inescapable. Seeing that much military-grade equipment, even in a small St. Louis suburb like Ferguson, has highlighted the debate over whether the arming of the nation's police forces has gone too far. Los Angeles Times correspondents checked in on a handful of police departments around the country to see how the debate affects them. Seattle Between May 2010 and March 2014, the Seattle Police Department received a laundry list of equipment from the Defense Department through its...

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