US Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, met with local law enforcement in Jefferson City on Monday to discuss when police use military surplus equipment.
The meeting, which was closed to the media, comes almost two months after police responded to protests following the death of Michael Brown with tear gas, armored vehicles and other military equipment acquired through Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs.
Blunt said law enforcement officials he has talked to only use the equipment for defensive purposes and that programs like these are beneficial.
“If you’ve got surplus military equipment or if homeland security thinks there is a local need that you don’t have the equipment for and they want to help you meet that need, those programs should be continued.” He said.
The stop in Jefferson City was the third stop on Blunt's tour. He met with officials in Kansas City and St. Joseph earlier in the day. He also met with law enforcement from the St. Louis area