Federal Program Distributes Grenade Launchers to Mass Police
June 17, 2009
Editor’s note: In the video here, a man asks if the police are preparing for a war? Yes, they are — against the citizens of Massachusetts.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Like other law enforcers, West Springfield officers carry the usual handguns, handcuffs, pepper spray and ammunition.
Unlike most police departments, this particular police force is also equipped with 2 grenade launchers, 4 M-14 semi-automatic rifles and one M-21 sniper rifle.
According to the Boston Globe, West Springfield is one of 82 Massachusetts police departments that have obtained military surplus weapons over the last 15 years as part of a federal program.
West Springfield Police Chief Thomas Burke told 22News, the grenade launchers can be used to fire tear gas in the event of a riot or a standoff.