Southern California law enforcement agencies have more than 400,000 pieces of military-grade equipment – including thousands of rifles and dozens of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles designed to withstand bomb blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan, records show. Data released late last month by the Department of Defense details exactly which local law enforcement agencies have which excess military items distributed by its 1033 program. The data makes clear some of the equipment that resides with Southern California law enforcement agencies includes the same types of guns and vehicles that raised concerns about the police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson protests included confrontations between protestors and police armed with automatic weapons and military vehicles, drawing attention to the 24 year-old 1033 program. The inventory of 1033 equipment in California includes everything from dozens of refrigerators to thousands of rifles. The Los Angeles Police Department received 1,678 rifles through the program between 2007 and 2012. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has 1,085 rifles donated between 2007 and 2011. Other 1033 equipment p...