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Local Study Examines Nationwide Police Use Of Militarized Equipment

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Charlie Riedel
Police in Ferguson, Mo., wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, druing a protest for Michael Brown.

In the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality, a 2017 study co-authored by a University of Cincinnati professor is getting some renewed attention. The study found that local law enforcement agencies who accepted more decommissioned and donated equipment from the U.S. military through what's known as the "1033 Program" were statistically more likely to result in officer involved killings than those who did not utilize the program.

Cincinnati Edition reached out to the Cincinnati Police Department regarding the 1033 Program and received the following response: "The Cincinnati Police Department has not participated in acquiring military surplus equipment. Any tactical equipment our officers use for our SWAT team or Civil Disturbance Response Teams is purchased with funds from Federal Homeland Security grants, Asset Forfeiture Funds, or General Funds." 

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss this study and its findings isUniversity of Cincinnati Assistant Professor in theDepartment of Political Science and Environmental Studies, Jack Merwhirter.

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