Alabama Suspended From Military Equipment Program


By Alabama News Network

A program that supplies surplus military equipment to Alabama law enforcement agencies has been on hold since March.

The federal program has come under scrutiny since police in Ferguson, Missouri, used surplus military equipment in clashes with protesters. The program has provided weapons, aircraft, armored vehicles and body armor to Alabama law enforcement.

The Department of Defense suspended Alabama's participation March 6 because paperwork from some equipment recipients was missing. State officials then transferred the program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Economic and Community Affairs, which handles other surplus property programs.

ADECA spokesman Larry Childers says the department determined that no property was missing, but some paperwork was missing. He says the department is working to try to get the program reinstated.

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