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?