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Posted: Thursday, 04 September 2014 4:50PM

Berrien County Residents Continue Railing Against Militarization Of Police



The Berrien County Board of Commissioners continues to hear from residents scared about the Defense Department's program to distribute surplus military equipment to local police departments. Ray Kirkus of New Buffalo is a frequent critic of the program, and is circulating petitions demanding a public hearing for the Berrien County Sheriff's Department to prove the need for the military equipment.

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Petitions were turned in Thursday, and Commissioner Mack Elliott says they're being looked at by County Counsel Donna Howard.

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Todd Erb of Lincoln Township told the County Board of Commissioners he has a slightly different concern than others when it comes to the militarization of police, and that's the propensity of some police forces to lose the equipment.

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Among the military items owned by the sheriff's department is an MRAP armored vehicle, approved by the commission in December 2013.

   

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