MAP: How much military surplus gear does your county have?
Photo via the New York Times
According to the New York Times, state and local police departments have obtained military-style equipment for years from a free Defense Department program created in the 1990s.
In light of the clashes in Ferguson, the newspaper released a map of data from the Pentagon that reveals what equipment each U.S. county has received since 2006.
According to the data, of Ohio's counties, Franklin County, which houses Columbus, has received the most equipment with 3,572 assault rifles, 1,624 body armor pieces, 20 pistols, 18 night vision pieces, 8 shotguns and two mine-resistant vehicles.
Hamilton County has received 506 assault rifles, 78 body armor pieces, 32 pistols and 16 night vision pieces.
Since 2006, Kenton County has received 44 night vision pieces, 34 body armor pieces, 22 assault rifles, 20 pistols, and one mine-resistant vehicle.