Why did police in New Orleans buy snow camouflage?

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#1 Aug 21, 2014
Why did police in New Orleans buy snow camouflage?

Uh, say again?

by Matthew Champion | i100 | August 21, 2014

No, it’s not the start of a riddle.

But ever since events in Ferguson thrust the apparent over-militarisation of police in the US into the global limelight, a little-publicised law allowing law enforcement agencies to buy surplus military grade weaponry and equipment has been scrutinised.

The New York Times collated information from the ominously-named Programme 1033 and posted it online.

New Orleans’s the Lens subsequently found that police in two counties in the city – known for its mild winters and hot, humid summers – had spent almost $3million on equipment, including:
•Night-vision sniper scopes
•A mine-resistant vehicle
•30 survival axes
•20 snow camouflage parkas

Uh, say again?


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