Battlefield-type gear, guns, armor marketed to police

by Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY  |  published on October 29, 2014

ORLANDO — The increasingly blurred line between civilian law enforcement operations and the military is more apparent than ever here.

In a cavernous convention center, where the nation’s largest association of police chiefs is hosting its annual conference, the aisles are full of eye-popping gear — from armor to high-powered firearms — perhaps more common on the battlefield than America’s streets.

Just more than two months after rioting in Ferguson, Mo., prompted a fierce debate about the militarization of police, it is clear that law enforcement’s appetite for the look and feel of combat has not abated.

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