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Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

FILE - In this July 6, 2013 file still photo from a video produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers ride on an armored medical rescue vehicle in a drill simulating a terrorist attack in downtown Los Angeles. A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement agencies permits even those departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and receive lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two parts of the federal government adds to questions about a program already facing an Obama administration review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry.

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