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The 10 Scariest Weapons in the Hands of U.S. Police

By Joseph Misulonas

The ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri—10 days and counting, with no clear end in site — have put a spotlight on the dark side of the American justice system, where police brutality reigns, and racial tensions simmer. When they bubble to the surface and explodes—like in Ferguson—the defensive apparatus of the state is swift and repressive: first with fists and clubs, but increasingly, with sophisticated military weaponry.

But it’s not just Ferguson where weapons meant for Al Qaeda are popping up. Thanks to unprecedented federal counter-terrorism spending since 9/11, cities and small towns around the country now have access to stashes of weaponry that would make ISIS either pee their pants or salivate with envy. Here’s a round-up of the deadliest.

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