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She said there also needs to be more transparency in how the forfeiture money is allocated. She is particularly concerned that the money will be spent to buy military-style weapons and vehicles such as those used by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., in a series of attempts to quell the rioting that arose after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9.
Authorities argue that most of the military gear is being acquired with federal grant money, rather than proceeds of forfeitures. Without the military-transfer program, many departments couldn’t otherwise afford the crime-fighting equipment required of policing in the 21st century, they say.
“I wish the public wouldn’t be scared or intimidated by this equipment but understand that they’re necessary tools we need to do our jobs safely and to help protect both the police and the community,” Gabriel said.
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