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Three campus police departments in Maryland now own surplus military gear including “riot type” shotguns, M16 assault rifles and an armored truck under a Defense Department program that’s sparked new controversy this month.
The items are part of more than $12 million in surplus military gear given to local police departments in Maryland under the Department of Defense Excess Property Program since 2006, according to Pentagon data released this month.
The surplus military gear has come under scrutiny after the fatal police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. Police there have used military-style weapons and vehicles to respond to protests sparked by Brown’s death.