PressTV: Senate panel to review Pentagon program arming police departments

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Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday.Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday.

Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:44PM GMT

A US Senator plans to review a Pentagon program that transfers surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies, amid calls for America’s police to be demilitarized following the use of military-style tactics and equipment in Ferguson, Missouri.

Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said he intends to review the program that allows local police agencies like the Ferguson Police Department to acquire for free surplus military equipment ranging from blankets and bayonets to tanks and armored carriers.

“Before the defense authorization bill comes to the Senate floor, we will review this program to determine if equipment provided by the Defense Department is being used as intended,” Levin said in a statement Friday.

“Congress established this program out of…

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