- Hulking mine resistant vehicles and military grade weapons are finding their way into the hands of local police forces. Part of what critics call the “militarization” of police in America, repurposing military hardware for use by local law enforcement is often cited as necessary for a variety of reasons. In May, Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County, Ind. Sheriff’s Department made headlines when he told a local TV station this type of hardware is needed because of the threat posed by returning military veterans with the knowledge to create Improvised Explosive Devices. To find out if these types of statements are legitimate, RT’s Lindsay France discusses the topic with John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.