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Some officers bristle at recall of military equipment

from The New York Times

On the day a heavily armed couple fatally shot 14 people and wounded more than 20 others in San Bernardino, California, Michael J. Bouchard, a sheriff in the Detroit area, got an order to return his department's 14-ton armored personnel carrier to the federal government. It was one of hundreds of similar notifications from the Obama administration to law enforcement agencies across the country — from Los Angeles to rural areas like Calhoun County, Alabama — to give back an array of federal surplus military equipment by April 1, in response to concerns that the equipment was unnecessary and misused. The items to be returned: armored vehicles that run on tracks, .50-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers, bayonets and camouflage clothing. more


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