Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is giving away more than $1 million worth of Democratic National Convention gear it says it doesn't need.
WSOC requested the list of items and went through it. CMPD is donating $1.4 million worth of equipment to 112 law enforcement agencies throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas.
The big winners are Raleigh police. They're getting $259,000 worth of items. Highway Patrol is getting $238,000 worth and Greensboro police are receiving $191,000 worth. There are also a lot of smaller winners, including Spartanburg, S.C. police, where public safety director Tony Fisher said he was ecstatic.
"It's much appreciated, will be used, certain to help public safety events here," Fisher said.
Looking at the list, some Charlotte taxpayers wonder if CMPD's being too generous. They don't want police asking for local tax dollars to buy the same items anytime soon.
"I think they should keep it," said resident Jim Williams.
According to a written explanation CMPD sent city leaders, "Most of the donated equipment is personal equipment that was fitted to the individual officer ... " and other items "will be past (their) useful life upon the time needed for use."
That seems to apply to spray, gas canisters and gun launchers.
Some taxpayers feel bicycles, bike racks, lighting equipment, flashlight holders, Sony video cameras, helmets, medical shears and Kawasaki Mule utility vehicles (worth $11,000 each) have shelf lives that don't expire for a while.