But ever since events in Ferguson thrust the apparent over-militarisation of police in the US into the global limelight, a little-publicised law allowing law enforcement agencies to buy surplus military grade weaponry and equipment has been scrutinised.
The New York Times collated information from the ominously-named Programme 1033 and posted it online.
New Orleans’s the Lenssubsequently found that police in two counties in the city – known for its mild winters and hot, humid summers – had spent almost $3million on equipment, including:
There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening’. -Andrew Gavin Marshall