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      See a by-county list of military equipment acquired by state and local police in Mid-Michigan


      The ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri has started a national discussion on many subjects, one of which is local police departments having access to military equipment.


      U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has expressed concern over this trend, saying that when police and citizens need to restore calm, that using military equipment sends "a conflicting message."


      Now, the Senate Armed Forces Committee is going to review the program that allows local police to have access to the military equipment. A congressman from Georgia says he will introduce legislation that will, he says, reverse police militarization.


      The New York Times, using publicly available information from the Department of Defense,created an interactive map of items provided to local law enforcement. Items like assault rifles, armored vehicles, even grenade launchers, are all made available to local governments.


      Counties across Mid-Michigan have taken advantage of the program. Here is a list of counties, and what equipment they have acquired, according to that map.



      Genesee County


      Assault rifles: 86


      Body armor pieces: 20


      Night vision pieces: 12


      Shotgun: 5





      Saginaw County




      Assault rifles: 30


      Body armor pieces: 7


      Night vision pieces: 1


      Pistol: 14


      Mine-resistant vehicle: 1


      Other armored vehicle: 1





      Bay County




      Assault rifles: 44


      Shotgun: 54





      Midland County




      Assault rifles: 13





      Tuscola County


      Assault rifle: 22


      Shotgun: 3





      Huron County


      Assault rifle: 18


      Body armor pieces: 9


      Night vision pieces: 1





      Lapeer County


      Assault rifle: 14





      Livingston County


      Night vision pieces: 256


      Body armor pieces: 65


      Assault rifle: 15


      Mine-resistant vehicle: 1





      Shiawassee County


      Assault rifle: 2





      Gratiot County


      Assault rifle: 14


      Pistol: 2





      Arenac County


      Assault rifle: 6





      Ogemaw County


      Night vision pieces: 182


      Assault rifles: 8





      Iosco County


      Assault rifle: 9


      Night vision pieces: 2





      Clare County


      Assault rifle: 24


      Pistol: 15


      Body armor pieces: 11


      Night vision pieces: 6





      Gladwin County


      No items reported.

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