Today, the Obama administration announced an immediate ban on certain types of military equipment transfers to local police. However, it’s unclear what that means for ordnance the police may already posses - thanks to an earlier collaboration with The Marshall Project, you can find out if your local law enforcement agencies have any of the restricted gear.
The North Carolina Attorney General has spoken: the state must, in fact, release data detailing which police departments received excess military equipment. The ruling reverses the position taken by state public safety officials that disclosing this information would be akin to publishing a blueprint for scofflaws.
MuckRock is pushing the Defense Department to release agency-by-agency data on the 1033 program, which transfers excess property from the military to state and local law enforcement nationwide. In the meantime, we’ve obtained via FOIA a complete roster of all participating agencies as well as transfer data down to the state level.