(WAFB) - The New York Times published a study
showing the districts where some surplus military-style equipment is going and East Baton Rouge Parish tops the list in Louisiana for assault rifles received.
The report points to a Department of Defense program created in the early 90s that allows local law enforcement agencies across the country to obtain some of their military-style equipment at no cost to the local agencies.
According to the study, agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish received 558 assault rifles for law enforcement use since 2006, which is more than double what the next closest parish in the state has received in that time frame.
Caddo Parish is ranked No. 2 with 229 assault rifles. Calcasieu Parish is third with 154 rifles.
Ascension Parish has received 12, while Livingston Parish has collected only four. The study showed Orleans Parish has received 23 assault rifles.
After more than a week of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, there are a number of people calling for the "de-militarization" of law enforcement agencies.