Pentagon Gifts Cops French Horns, Personal TVs

Defense Department also gave Calif. police ... snow gear
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Pentagon Gifts Cops French Horns, Personal TVs
In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 photo, an Afghan student plays the French Horn in a class at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Just what Los Angeles County police need: 500 snowshoes and 1,600 parkas. Need aside, that's what they were handed by the Defense Department in March, according to a breakdown of $4.3 billion in surplus military supplies sent to police departments across the country since 1997. Think that's bizarre? Some other strange deliveries, per the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post: 86 M14 rifles to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; grenade launchers to small California communities; French horns for Ohio's North Kingsville Police Department and Michigan's Clayton Township Police Department; a $4.4 million boat to Alameda County police; and 372 TVs, designated "for personal/home use." (Read more Department of Defense stories.)

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