Ohio police agencies get military equipment

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, druing a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, druing a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Since 2001, the Department of Defense has funneled military equipment to Ohio law enforcement agencies, many of which are in the Miami Valley.

More than 19,000 military pieces, rifles, armored vehicles, Kevlar helmets, bullet proof vests – all have been sent to the Buckeye State over the last 13 years.

Lawmakers met Tuesday in Washington to consider doing more to monitor police departments that get sophisticated military equipment from the federal government.

The new scrutiny from Capitol Hill was prompted by weeks of violent conflicts between police in Ferguson, Missouri and protesters upset about the deadly police shooting of an unarmed teenager there.

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