Feds to review police military weapon program

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A federal program that provides some New Mexico law enforcement agencies with military weapons is now under review.

More than $10 million worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles from the Department of Defense has gone to state agencies including the Clovis police, the New Mexico State University police, Torrance County Sheriff’s Department and the Albuquerque Police Department.

The White House is now reviewing the 1033 Program after the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Law enforcement agencies say the extra gear helps them in crisis situations. Critics say it contributes to the unnecessary militarization of local police.

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