Volusia County, Florida Sheriff Ben Johnson is not happy that his military vehicles are being taken away.
Police in Florida are complaining that the Obama Administration is recalling military-style tanks that many have complained made American city streets look like foreign war zones during unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri last year.
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said losing an M113 — an armored personnel carrier — will result in some of his officers going on “suicide missions,” the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Scrutiny of the program intensified after images from the unrest in Ferguson showed local police decked out in desert military camouflage, pointing assault weapons at unarmed civilians and rolling around in tanks. Many pointed out that the gear was not only further inflaming the situation, but that the police weren’t trained in how to properly use them.
After Ferguson, President Obama said the federal government would no longer provide military hardware like tanks and grenade launchers to police departments, NBC News reported. Police will have to submit to stringent federal oversight if they want less heavy-handed military gear.