Police departments say military firepower needed, but Ferguson incident raises questions

photo Members of the Chattanooga SWAT team gather around an armored vehicle outside of a home on Dodson Avenue during a standoff and search for the suspected robber of the Third Street Cricket store in this file photo.

WHO"S GETTING MILITARY GEAR?The New York Times on Aug. 15 published a database showing, county by county for the entire United States, how much military gear has been distributed to local law enforcement since 2006.TENNESSEE• Bledsoe: 5 assault rifles• Bradley: 42 assault rifles, 106 pistols, 1 armored vehicle• Franklin: 13 assault rifles, 22 pistols, 5 shotguns, 8 night-vision pieces, 2 body armor pieces• Grundy: 2 assault rifles• Hamilton: 21 assault rifles, 4 night-vision pieces• Marion: 1 assault rifle, 5 pistols• McMinn: 110 assault rifles, 72 pistols• Meigs: 3 night-vision pieces• Monroe: 20 assault rifles, 10 shotguns• Polk: 4 assault rifles• Rhea: 5 assault rifles• Sequatchie: 10 night-vision piecesGEORGIA• Catoosa: 13 assault rifles• Chattooga: 4 assault rifles, 2 pistols, 9 shotguns• Dade: 4 assault rifles• Walker: 15 assault rifles, 5 body armor pieces, 5 shotguns, 3 night-vision pieces, 1 armored vehicle• Whitfield: 10 assault rifles, 2 pistolsALABAMA• DeKalb: 2 assault rifles, 1 pistol, 137 night-vision pieces• Jackson: 10 assault rifles, 2 pistolsSource: The New York Times

The last time a police officer died in Chattanooga, the gunman was wearing a bulletproof vest and brandishing two guns.