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From the mailing list FOI-L. It will give a sense of what's going to your state, and also, identify particular pieces of equipment with the Pentagon's name and item ID, for the past 2 years.

The state data does include participating police departments, just not what items they have gotten.

It doesn't link them to what they have received. But it gives an excellent starting point.

Hi FOI-L --

MuckRock obtained nationwide 1033 data down to the state level in December -- we've been strategizing around obtaining data down to the individual agency level intermittently since, but given recent events we figured we would push what we have so far.

Data available for download here:

https://www.muckrock.com/...

-Shawn Musgrave, MuckRock

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  •  My small town not militarized (5+ / 0-)

    Not only is my small town not militarized, but the Chief has commented on the problem of finding new officers that do not have the kick-in-the-door mentality.

  •  DHS & the Pentagon militarizing police (6+ / 0-)

    An unwholesome union, imo.

    Pls read p 71 of this 1992 analysis on how to handle civil unrest "A military approach is necessary"

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/...

    Apparently, the Rodney King riots inspired our government to take a hard line, military approach to civil unrest.

    I read the entire document.  The contradictions are many, imo.  

    One nugget is how "When to shoot" police training was changed and newly delegated to watching video tapes while "on duty" instead of "expensive live training.  Watching this important "When to shoot" training while "on duty saves overtime pay, too."

    How are St Louis MO police trained?

    I think this document is a must perusal/read to help put The now murderous, militarized American policing in perspective.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 09:57:52 AM PDT

  •  My tiny town has six cops - (7+ / 0-)

    and half of them are part timers. So we don't have military stuff.

    I ran into one of the part timers at the gas station. She's really tiny, smaller than me, and has the same name as my granddaughter. But I had to start laughing because her little self was covered all over with junk. Besides the gun and extra ammo, she had a taser, handcuffs, walkie-talkie, collar radio mic, baton, and a couple of more pouches on her belt that I have no idea what they were.

    And she was carrying her bicycle helmet because she was on bike patrol covering the hiking trails! I cracked up. Just what the heck did she expect to run into? A bear? Afraid my attitude was not well accepted. :-)

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:05:58 AM PDT

    •  Bears are fairly common (1+ / 0-)
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      on the beat in my environs. A pellet gun is the best 'shoo-away' defense if just em-biggening one's self with a serious growl/roar macho display doesn't do the trick. Because (some serious experts have informed me) it'll get through the hair and sting, but won't break the skin badly enough for infection. Which makes them much more dangerous. A shotgun at [safe] distance, I was told, just makes 'em mad, and is a setup for infections.

      Can't climb a tree, our black bears walk up trees like they're on the ground, no problem. Can't outrun 'em, they do 30+ in the short sprint. Don't get between them and their young. If you do, there's not much you can do but retreat as fast as you can. They won't chase you far...

      There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

      by Joieau on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:45:46 PM PDT

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      •  Well, actually, there was a good chance the (1+ / 0-)
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        ONLY thing she would run into was a bear. And hopefully she would have more sense than to shoot at it. I doubt even a 9mm would immediately take down a charging bear unless she got in a very lucky shot (maybe a shoulder shot?).

        Besides, our bears run away as soon as they know you're there. Unless they have cubs - and as you say, that's a different story.

        There wouldn't have been many dangerous people on the trails in the middle of the week. Or for that matter on the weekend. It isn't an area for casual strolls - it's tough. Not a place meanies congregate.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 02:04:14 PM PDT

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        •  Alas, they now allow guns into (1+ / 0-)
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          the national parks and forests. Of which my closest is the most visited, more than 6 million per year. My land is partially bordered by national forest, the rest in state game land and private land. It struck me stupid when guns were okayed in parks/forests. Most tourists who die here end up at the bottom of some waterfall, not mauled by bears.

          Not a good idea, as it arms mostly the predators and not the prey. Who are usually just hiking or camping. Even out here, the biggest threat in the woods is human. What does that say about us as a species?

          There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

          by Joieau on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 02:45:37 PM PDT

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          •  Humans are stupid. (0+ / 0-)

            I live in PA. Anyone you see could be carrying a gun. Fact of life.

            She still didn't need all that crap hanging off her. Just looking at her could make a nut job go off. She patrols park trails in a really low crime area. No way she needed that stuff.

            "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

            by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 03:21:46 PM PDT

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        •  NPS and NFS rangers in the Ozark National Scenic (1+ / 0-)
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          and Wild Riverways in southern MO wear vests, carry semi-automatics, and have an AR15 and/or shotgun in their vehicles.  They say it is in response to meth heads doing setting up cooks in the park.  The areas they patrol are can be pretty isolated and I have some doubt that they are able to maintain constant radio communication in the valleys.  Though they also patrol the camp grounds in this gear.  It's pretty unsettling when you expect Smokey the Bear.

          The worst thing about St. Louis is Missouri.

          by duckhunter on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:55:03 AM PDT

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          •  Yeah, that meth can screw up everything. (1+ / 0-)
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            So far, knock wood, I have yet to see any of our state park rangers in vests and heavily armed. They might be in other areas of the state, but not here. Hopefully, never.

            "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

            by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:11:11 AM PDT

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            •  Not that there's meth in your area but being far.. (1+ / 0-)
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              from a patrol car might make your police friend a bit nervous, she also might be required to take all of that stuff... :)

              The worst thing about St. Louis is Missouri.

              by duckhunter on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 10:28:48 AM PDT

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              •  She would be far from a patrol car on Main St. (0+ / 0-)

                We only have three. Rather a large undeveloped area to cover, too. I am sure there is meth around, it's everywhere.

                Yes, I am sure she is required to take all that stuff. And she is a lovely person.

                BTW, I also hike those same trails, and ones even deeper into lonesome areas, and all I carry is a hiking stick. Of course, I am not required to arrest anyone or even give them a ticket for littering. Although they certainly would get a piece of my mind.

                I am lucky enough to live in a really nice area. Our police are still local residents, know everyone, and do an excellent job. I am, however, going to be very aware of creeping military-style build up.

                "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

                by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 11:09:24 AM PDT

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  •  81 jurisdictions in Maryland (4+ / 0-)
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    Even lil' Crisfield, population 2,726 got some gear. Place has more to fear from climate change than riots...

    •  Hell, they staged a whole (0+ / 0-)

      terrorist town-takeover at my county seat a few years ago. Black helicopters and flash-bangs at the high school in the middle of the night, freaked out lots of people. This entire county boasts less than 40,000 humans.

      That said, in cities it's very likely that the effects of climate change are what will cause the rioting. If we don't kill each other off from leftover racism, classism and whatever other ism is making enemies of us in our own home towns.

      There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

      by Joieau on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:51:27 PM PDT

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    •  And adjacent to nothing that would involve (0+ / 0-)

      calling then for backup.

      Had houses in Somerset County for a while. Maryland's poorest county, sickest, I believe, second smallest in population.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 03:39:09 PM PDT

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    •  Mmmm. Maybe MRAPs come in handy in the (0+ / 0-)

      next hurricane. Won't have to wait for Andy Harris, R-MD-01-dipsh*t, to vote for hurricane aid.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 03:41:41 PM PDT

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  •  I heard on NPR that up to a third (4+ / 0-)
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    of this equipment has never been used.

    So our obscenely bloated military budget is being used, in part, to purchase equipment that is not even used by the military.  

    We taxpayers are paying to have our towns equipped with myriad authoritarian power tools!

    The rest of the world is probably laughing at our stupidity.  "And you thought they'd just use that stuff on the rest of us, over here?  Ha. You made your bed..."

    Yes, all the warmongering and militarizing is, indeed, coming home to roost.

  •  I was amazed when I went to the link in the diary (0+ / 0-)

    to learn how many hundreds of cold-weather jackets and how much other cold-weather gear Louisiana received.

    The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

    by BlueMississippi on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:04:54 PM PDT

  •  I went to the link and eventually found (0+ / 0-)

    the entry for my town (there IS an entry, that means SOMEthing is here)

    however, trying to get from the State-Town page to anywhere else just ain't happenin'

    anybody know if this is a site you have to "join" before you can see past the state-town listings??? or have other clues as to how to actually look at the contents???

    kthxbi

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 03:19:24 PM PDT

    •  No -- the database consists of two pieces. (0+ / 0-)

      Who has gotten stuff, by state.

      And what the stuff is.

      There's no county or city level data, at least not yet. It's a free site.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 03:40:32 PM PDT

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