Police Agencies That Use ‘Military Weapons’ at Riots May Be Forced to Repay Federal Grants

Published on Sep 10, 2014 by Breaking News

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The United States Department of Homeland Security may require the local police forces it supplies with military-grade weapons to repay federal anti-terrorism grants should the items be used to suppress dissent.

A representative of the DHS, one of three federal agencies responsible for allocating military equipment to local police forces, indicated during the first congressional hearing devoted to the last month’s civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that the department is considering demanding that grant money be repaid should weapons be used to tamp down protests.

“We have a range of remedies should [the Dept. of Justice] find non-compliance, including recoupment of funds,” Brian Kamoie of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) of the Senate Homeland Security Committee during a hearing on Tuesday this week in Washington, DC.

3 thoughts on “Police Agencies That Use ‘Military Weapons’ at Riots May Be Forced to Repay Federal Grants

  1. Why would they demand their grants back when this is exactly what giving the weapons was for. Why else give a MRAP, to give traffic tickets? DHS is just covering their butt so we don’t come after them. Sorry DHS but you are high on the list.

  2. The only way DHS could legally retrieve their grants would be if the original contract included that option in the case the weapons were used unlawfully or in ways prohibited in the. contract.

    Reporter needs to ask DHS lawyer and city attorney if such conditions exist.

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