Why is the government in such a hurry to buy the cops equipment?
The government has been buying up more than $2 billion worth of equipment in a bid to bolster its police force, which has been reeling from a wave of fatal shootings in recent years.
According to data compiled by the New York Times, police departments across the country purchased equipment worth $2.2 billion in 2017.
That’s almost twice the $1.9 billion worth purchased by the previous year.
The biggest buy was in New York, which spent $1 billion, while the biggest spenders were in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
Police equipment is a critical component of policing in the United States, where the police force has seen a surge in killings over the past decade.
The federal government has also been spending millions of dollars on equipment for local police departments.
In New York City, for instance, police are paying $400,000 per year for “emergency equipment” including a body camera, body scanners, a high-tech surveillance system, and “an integrated network of electronic and acoustic sensors” to better track suspects.
And in Chicago, the city’s police department is spending $1 million a year to purchase “computerized surveillance systems” to track criminals.
A lot of these purchases were made in the aftermath of the police shooting of 18-year-old Laquan McDonald, a black man, in 2016.
McDonald was shot by police officers who said they feared for their lives.
This year, the U.S. Department of Justice will spend $1,000,000 to buy equipment from the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency that is responsible for the country’s immigration system.