US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

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In this Oct. 6, 2013 photo, Los Angeles Airport Police team up with City of Los Angeles Police officers in a joint training session on counterterrorism, searching for armed men playing out several shooting scenarios with youth and adult volunteers acting as victims, at Ontario International Airport in Ontario, Calif. After spending a decade sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the United States, Washington is reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Mo., amid images of heavily-armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. One night after the violence that accompanied the presence of military-style equipment in Ferguson, the crowd calmed considerably when a police captain walked through the crowd, unprotected, in a gesture of reconciliation. The contrast added to the perception that the tanks and tear gas had done more harm than good. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)