Military Equipment in Alabama - gifted by the US military
Al.com breaking this story in Alabama following the evidence of military equipment and appearal being worn by police in Ferguson, MO following the shooting and killing a black teen who was at the time beating the police officer. NYTimes, linked below, wrote the national story.
First article on 19Aug2014 by Leada Gore with a pull down list containing by county the type and quantity and value of excess military gear obtained by the county. According to the report 1655 5.56 rifles valued at $644,066.00 and 402 7.62 rifles valued at $55,476.00 were obtained from the military. Covington County managed to get a Segway valued at $5,743.00. Montgomery County really racked up with 2763 items valued at $3,349,418 including 11 observation helicopters valued at $92,000/ea, enough rifles for a battalion of troops, an $800,000.00 Cargo airplane, 9 grenade launchers, and a mine resistant vehicle.
Second article on 20Aug2014 as a follow-up by Leada Gore showing a map with selectable counties showing the types of military equipment and value obtained by the county.
NYTimes.com Maps the Spread of the Military's Surplus Gear through 2006. Filtering is freightening. Here is a very large EXCEL file from Github.com by state and county listing all from the DOD up to 2006.