Posted: 12:49 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014

Georgia police hoarding military surplus 

By George Mathis

Police have been obtaining surplus military equipment for years. The AJC photo archives contains this picture from 2007 of Doraville police with a  M113 armored vehicle.

Police have been obtaining surplus military equipment for years. The AJC photo archives contains this picture from 2007 of Doraville police with a M113 armored vehicle.

Ferguson police aren’t the only law enforcement agency that likes to use military hardware.

According to a database that catalogs where the Pentagon sent excess military equipment from September 2011 to September 2013, Georgia police agencies ranked 3rd in the number of items received and 4th in the total cost of obtained equipment.

Right next door, Alabama ranks first in total cost of equipment obtained. If the zombie apocalypse happens, the Southeast is locked and loaded.

The database, posted by MuckRock.com, also lists items sent to each state, but does not indicate which agency received a particular piece of equipment from the Pentagon’s 1033 program.

Georgia law enforcement agencies obtained a lot of benign equipment, such as 10,523 pair of “men’s drawers,” which I assume is underwear.

The most expensive group of items is 133 “utility trucks” worth an estimated $5 million.

Flashlights, which I pick up for about $20, are really expensive when the government buys them. Georgia police received about 1,500 flashlights worth almost $600,000. That means the average cost of each flashlight was more than $350.

Not sure what that flashlight does other than provide illumination, but I would like to see one in action unless it was being swung at my head.

I will attach a table below so you can see for yourself what Georgia police received, but here is a list of items that caught my eye:

  • 1 mine resistant vehicle: $412,000
  • 6,822 magazine cartridges: $68,959
  • 567 adapter rails, weapon mounted: $330,000
  • 5 armored trucks: $325,000

The database may contain errors. I say that because one MK3 Mod 0 is listed at almost $200,000, and even the Pentagon does not pay that much for what I think is a Navy Seal diving knife.

Overall, I’d say the list isn’t all that scary, but I’m no expert on military equipment.

But, if the Pentagon can ship almost half a billion in surplus equipment to police agencies in one year, like it did in 2013, maybe the Pentagon needs to spend less. And that folks, is my final joke of the day.

Note: In 2013, AJC reporter Rhonda Cook wrote an article presaging the “police militarization” headlines were are now reading.

States receiving surplus equipment

Equipment sent to Georgia via 1033 program

Participating police agencies in Georgia

28 comments
coj
coj

The equipment list does not have any weapons or ammo on it. And most of the equipment listed sounds like police in Georgia are in construction.

lvg
lvg

Need that hardware for all the criminals and dumb as-s shooting each other and tourists with guns. After Ferguson a  lot more cops will get shot. Need that hardware for all the gun toting Georgia carry folks .


28% of guns sold in Georgia were seized in crimes after two years.  Of course cons using Tiehart amendment shut down ability of FBI and ATF to keep track of criminals buying guns sold here. 

jjdoe
jjdoe

I blame Cheney and Rummy. They start a war, to make money. As the war winds down (HA!), the surplus equipment is brought home. And it's passed around, locally, to protect the .1% from the angry citizens. 

SLR
SLR

This has been happening for a while folks--Have you not noticed? Its all part of the Obama agenda to "change" America. Educate yourself and vote accordingly.

Savdon
Savdon

If the cops need equipment like this, call the frigging National Guard.  That's what they're here for.

woodrow404
woodrow404

There has been a lot of silly talk going around about black people rioting and running amock. This was supposed to happen: 1) when Obama didn't get elected; 2) when Obama DID get elected (I don't follow the logic); 3) later on; 4) sometime.  This is all a very damaging white fantasy, based entirely on white guilt.  It has led directly to police stocking up on military equipment, paid for by us taxpayers, that the military should have kept to use later. 


iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

Ok guys, every time a conservative try's to tell you that the government is going overboard you call them right wing nut jobs.

Keep ignoring ga what's going on and you will find out what's up, by experience.

And for you idiots who want to make it a right wing thing, both parties all across this country are participating in the build up.

Bellaamena
Bellaamena

It will be used under a No-Knock warrant.  Citizens, good luck out there.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Maybe Tennessee is going to protect the Tennessee River from our predation to the death!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Really scary!  All three police entities in my county have used this program!  What the $%$# do they expect to happen?


And waste and fraud by these fine REpublican leaders!

DB2013
DB2013

I wonder why these Cops don't enlist into the military at least they get to shoot at real enemies instead of American citizen. If they want to play War then go to a real War, I am sure that all of those soldiers that simply enlisted for the G.I. Bill would gladly go home

DontTread
DontTread

567 weapon-mounted rails for $300,000???  so somewhere north of $580 each?  They are a (maybe) $20 piece of plastic.


The phrase "Waste, Fraud, Abuse" comes to mind...especially FRAUD.

KennethGrim
KennethGrim

1200 sets of flatware?  Are they running some sort of hangar sized kitchen?

JackClemens
JackClemens

They have lots of mines in middle and north Georgia, so maybe that's where that resistance vehicle went. I notice both the Berrien County Sheriff and Nashville police got some goodies.

mar1049
mar1049

Figures. Georgia at the bottom when it comes to education. Third when it comes to guns. 

MANGLER
MANGLER

What the heck is Alabama planning for?  They spent more than California.


72GDawg
72GDawg

When local cops get their hands on armored vehicles, grenade launchers and other military weaponry you know they'll abuse it to bully and intimidate citizens, just like we're seeing in Ferguson. It's human nature at its worst.

The non-lethal stuff, like flashlights and men's drawers...since we (taxpayers) paid for it probably better to keep it at home than give it away to some foreign government that'll hate us anyway.

coj
coj

Never mind...didn't know you could scroll for more stuff.

coj
coj

@SLR Was waiting for the first "Obama" comment. You are first!

coj
coj

@notevensurprised Was waiting for the first racist comment. You are the first. Congratulations!

Belle8
Belle8

@woodrow404 I think 911 had way more to do with it than anything that happened after.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@mar1049  you are surely not suggesting we throw more money at education, are you.  How much failure does it take to realize that has not worked for 50 years.  Family values work the DOE does not.

Pandamonius
Pandamonius

@mar1049 What do you expect?  Democrats poll better with those who have higher educations, so it has been in the GOtP's interest to maintain their war on education.  Especially in the deep south, where they've already got a head start.

STHornet1990
STHornet1990

@72GDawg  Here in GA, the police are just trying to not be OUTSPENT and OUTGUNNED by the local population. With our present state government, seems like a lost cause.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@72GDawg  Agreed, keep it at home if these police agency's need equipment.  For decades these items would have sat in warehouses and then burned. Still must wonder what Alabama is planning?

Lynn43
Lynn43

@Quackmeyer @mar1049 Education in Georgia has worked.  It has worked for those who have taken advantage of the great opportunities we offer.  We are cannot responsible for those who choose to not accept the free education available to them.  Those who have chosen to be a part of our Georgia educated productive society are now our medical doctors, dentist, lawyers, electricians, engineers, plumbers, welders, film makers, artist, musicians, teachers, and all other professions.  We have students who have gone to colleges and universities all over the world.  Stop being a conservative parrot and do the research and think for yourself.  How many college degrees do you have.  Maybe you were one who didn't accept the free education offered to you.

Brocus
Brocus

@Lynn43


" We are cannot responsible "


Tell me more about that quality Georgia education.

Lynn43
Lynn43

@Brocus @Lynn43 I am over 70 years old.  My typing deserves a mistake or two, and my brain (because it still works most of the time) deserves a little respect.  Even with a few mistakes, my Georgia education provides me with a 6 figure income which is earned salary-even at my age.