Demand for gas masks, rubber bullets & protective armor soars
MAY 18, 2017
Purchases of riot gear by police departments are surging across the country as civil unrest grows, with fears that major American cities could see more violence this summer.
According to an investigation by Muckrock which is based on Freedom of Information Act requests, numerous different police departments have spent six figure sums on things like “bean bag launchers, smoke grenades, pepper spray launchers, to plated body armor, helmets with protective visors and throat guards, and aluminum batons,” in the last five years, and the total outlay is increasing.
Take Denver for example; Spending on riot gear by the Denver Police Department has increased every year since 2012, with a $32,409 outlay on “less lethal” weaponry in 2012 surging to $136,538 in 2016, while spending on “protective gear” spiked from $162,920 in…
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