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TOMORROW: McCaskill Hearing to Focus on Militarization

of Local Police Departments After Ferguson Violence

Senator’s Tuesday hearing will be held by the full Senate Homeland Security Committee


WASHINGTON – Following the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer, and subsequent clashes between local police and protestors, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will lead a Senate hearing to examine the militarization of state and local police departments.

McCaskill’s hearing in the full Senate Homeland Security Committee will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 9 in Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-342. The hearing will be live-streamed online, HERE.

Witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing will include:



Specifically, McCaskill will use the hearing to examine federal programs that enable local police departments to acquire military equipment, such as the Defense Department’s 1033 program for surplus property and grants made through the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. She plans to gather stakeholders from all sides in order to hear several perspectives, including those of local law enforcement. 



Oversight of Federal Programs for Equipping State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee


Tuesday, September 9

10:30 a.m. ET 

Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-342