CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
The New York Timespublished a study showing the districts where some surplus military-style equipment is going, and Caddo Parish is second on 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 Caddo Parish received 229 assault rifles (5.56 mm and 7.62 mm rifles) for law enforcement use since 2006. The only parish to top Caddo is East Baton Rouge, which received 558 rifles.
But Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator points out that not all of those rifles came to his department, he says out of the 229, his department only got 120 rifles, the rest went to other agencies.
Sheriff Prator, in his typical matter-of-fact style said "We're not scrap-booking every day, we go out there and arrest people, and fight people, and get shot at".
Prator says the rifles are M-16's and that he was able to secure them through the military, rifles he says he would have purchased anyway through a police supply source, but was able to save the taxpayers money by accepting a donation.
Calcasieu Parish ranked third with 154 rifles.
Bossier Parish has received 61, while Webster Parish has collected 57 rifles and a mine-resistant vehicle. The study shows DeSoto Parish has received 27 assault rifles.
After more than a week of protests in Ferguson, Mo., there are a number of people calling for the demilitarization of law enforcement agencies. Copyright 2014 KSLA and WAFB. All rights reserved.