- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Not every police department has been snapping up heavy-duty military hardware lately for free or reduced prices.

Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt says he usually turns down offers of military hardware.

One exception is a pair of M16 rifles deemed surplus. He says the M16s are backups in case one of the department’s newer M4 carbines becomes unusable.

Other than that, Eckerdt says he turned down a free, heavy-duty armored truck called a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP. Eckerdt tells the Powell Tribune (https://bit.ly/1tGpa2g ) he thought hard before declining the MRAP.

The issue of police using military hardware has become a topic of debate since heavily armed officers confronted rioters in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, https://www.powelltribune.com


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