Miami's Smallest Police Forces Got M16s, Armored Cars, and Grenade Launchers From Military

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Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised questions about the militarization of American police departments. When angry protesters took to the streets to demand justice, Ferguson police responded with force. Cops in riot gear fired tear gas and stun grenades at marchers. At least one officer pointed his loaded assault rifle at demonstrators and threatened to kill them if they didn't obey orders.

Ferguson police, it was reported, had obtained their weaponry under something called the Law Enforcement Support Office Program. LESO, as it is known, supplies local police departments with leftover U.S. military equipment.

What hasn't been reported, however, is that a dozen police departments in South Florida have also received military equipment ranging from helicopters to grenade launchers.

Find out what your local police force is packing thanks to LESO.

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Coral Gables:
The Gables may be one of Miami-Dade's most affluent cities, but that hasn't stopped its cops from arming themselves with two mine-resistant vehicles (known as MRAPs) and a bomb-detecting robot.

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Hallandale Beach:
This small oceanfront community now owns one mine-resistant vehicle. Go figure.

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Hialeah:
Hialeah PD also owns a mine-resistant vehicle.

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Miami Gardens:
Though Miami Gardens has a gang problem, does it need 100 M16s, a mine-resistant vehicle, a bomb-detecting robot, and -- most incredible of all -- four grenade launchers?

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Sweetwater:
Less surprising is that Sweetwater, arguably Miami-Dade's most corrupt city, has mysteriously obtained a bunch of military toys. Under bath-salt-battling ex-mayor Manny Maroño -- now in prison for accepting bribes -- Sweetwater got an ATV, a "commando" armored car, four observation helicopters, three scooters, five trucks, a mine-resistant vehicle, four M14s, 20 M16s, and a grenade launcher.


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garoquel
garoquel

More than half the cops around the country are ex-military and im sure another percentage are Reserve or `national guard so guess what they know how to use this stuff.

carlyg
carlyg

But somehow we don't have the money for police to all have wearable cameras.  All police should be wearing cameras so that we have accurate records of arrests. 

jonrickey
jonrickey

Very good, it pays to be proactive.

Jen L Bee
Jen L Bee

So .. Active shooters don't come to South Florida? Not a matter of "if", but "when" .. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it ....

Peter Behety
Peter Behety

Posse Comitatus and Martial Law The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibits the use of U.S. military forces to perform the tasks of civilian law enforcement such as arrest, apprehension, interrogation and detention unless explicitly authorized by Congress. The Posse Comitatus Act was originally enacted due to the feeling of many members of Congress at the time that President Abraham Lincoln had exceeded his authority during the Civil War by suspending habeas corpus and creating military courts with jurisdiction over civilians. Therefore we get this..... Militarization of local police forces in strategic places.....

Muse TD
Muse TD

Nothing to see here folks. Keep partying. It could NEVER happen to YOU right? Because you are SUCH an UPSTANDING CITIZEN. This is only to protect us against those bad bad criminals and terrorists...Too bad the definition of terrorist now includes american citizens, but yeah, it's all gonna be ok. Keep partying, keep taking selfies and getting drunk while the nation becomes a nightmare. After all, other people will do the work for you right? Other people will stand up to this. Other people will say something.....RIGHT?

Jennifer Santana
Jennifer Santana

They are getting ready for the transition of government to what they call the NEW WORLD ORDER.. Welcome to the one world , one government and soon to be one religion. They want to make sure when college kids or anyone for that matter expresses dissent or rebels against the new system they can squash it by any means necessary. It's not just in the states, this is happening all over the world. http://youtu.be/4Ap7_ND8plA

Bryan Alexander Velez
Bryan Alexander Velez

This might just be one step in a bigger agenda, if you think about it now that the pieces are in place in many states it greatly facilitates the implementation of martial law

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

This is a joke. Apparently guardibg against reptile invasion?

Draekus Dar
Draekus Dar

Well, considering their prepping for a case of major terrorism at the school, then yes they need the weaponry. The other option is to let the citizens defend themselves...Oh wait, that's right, law abiding citizens with concealed carry permits can't carry in schools. Well guess it's up to the mighty police to be the first and last line of defense.

Ÿänn Hidalgō
Ÿänn Hidalgō

It's a point break... They lock Pembroke Pines, they want me omg rofl!

Asüka Bazüka
Asüka Bazüka

Does ISIS really need 50 more M16's? NO. That's OUR property so OUR government should keep it. Anything that remains in those war zones will get snatched up by them. And MRAP's are not MINE RESISTANT. They may find bombs, but they are not "resistant". Soldiers still get hurt/die when they blow up. Get your facts straight.

Justin Kindler
Justin Kindler

Small dick motherfuckers need to over compensate.

Asüka Bazüka
Asüka Bazüka

nice censorship there new times. deleting my comment that corrects your biased and twisted views. nice.

Luke Whoever
Luke Whoever

oh lord miami garden police are the worst this is gunna be a nightmare

Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz

That's exactly what I was talking about Betsy Guevara. Money spent on unnecessary armor.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Miami is also different than most communities. If legal marijuana passes and other drugs in the community, the illegal operations will need to be shut down & controlled. Drug dealers don't respond too well when you ask them to "pretty please" stop what they are doing.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

This is surplus from Obama pulling troops out. Yes, I'd rather have our police forces getting them, rather than Obama selling them to Mexican drug cartels.

Kim Ray
Kim Ray

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BJ Chiszar
BJ Chiszar

No they don't...no civilian police force needs this stuff!

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Ellionor Nemis

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Eric Sunderlin
Eric Sunderlin

If it is your kid being saved you won't be complaining. Government grants pay for this

Travis Sadbury
Travis Sadbury

Preparation for an invasion by joint forces of Mexican cartels and Isis?

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Nathan Johnson, you're either being sarcastic or you've got it twisted.

Vanessa Vieda
Vanessa Vieda

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Caterina Pacheco Moniz
Caterina Pacheco Moniz

Terrorist threat??? Or our own American citizens who are terrorists. The ones who out arm our police. Who is going to protect us?? Miami Dade Police Department massive layoffs.....Military is drastically downsizing....Who is trained? Are our cities ready?? Remember Homestead AirForce Base during Cuban Missile Crisis?? What happened during 9-11?? Asleep at the wheel........

Jen Miller
Jen Miller

I didn't know they played UM this year.

Enzo Bogani
Enzo Bogani

For years conspiracy theorists have been saying this and have been laughed at. Today, it's a reality. Should we have listened to them? Or should we listen to then now?

gumsandals
gumsandals

"Active Shooter." I've heard that a lot lately. Just wondering if the opposite of that is an 'Inactive Shooter," you know, someone who owns a gun and isn't planning on shooting it? In any event, the nomenclature assumes the gun owner will at sometime pull the trigger which I think is prejudicial. Just because you own a gun doesn't mean you have a jones to shoot it. At best the description is redundant. But it does sound "cool" to say and write.

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