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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 09:01 PM

In wake of Ferguson, McCaskill plans hearings on 'militarization' of police

WASHINGTON Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Thursday she will hold hearings sometime in September "to examine the militarization of local police departments" in the wake of the police response in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.

It will be before an oversight subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs that McCaskill chairs.

McCaskill issued a statement Thursday saying the hearing will "examine federal programs that enable local police departments to acquire military equipment, such as the Defense Department's 1033 program for surplus property and grants made through the Department of Homeland Security." Local law enforcement officials will be among the witnesses, McCaskill's office said.

McCaskill last week urged the police response in Ferguson be "de-militarized." She has declined comment, including again on Thursday, on whether she agreed with Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to call in the National Guard, which occurred after McCaskill's call to demilitarize the police response.


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Thu Aug 21, 2014, 09:19 PM

1. This is good


but when are they going to start? September? I know that they are only in session about two weeks from now until the election. Although maybe it would only take a few days to get something together and pass. Unless she wants to wait until the next session. I don't really see her calendar for the very good goal.

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Fri Aug 22, 2014, 03:26 AM

2. It is good, however

I don't expect much to come of this. We are talking a huge systemic change combined with this Congress.

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