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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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