The Pentagon is ready to introduce guidelines that would reduce sharply the amount of military-related surplus gear donations and sales to domestic law-enforcement agencies. The Washington Post reported Aug. 16 that police departments soon would have to provide specific justification for such donations. The Post also reported that the Defense Department has distributed more than $5.1 billion in equipment to law-enforcement agencies since 1997 under its Excess Property Program. The decision to curtail such donations comes as a direct result of a White House report released in May, which criticized the use of military surplus equipment during the civil disturbances in Ferguson, Mo., last year.
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