The University of Minnesota announced in October it was returning military-grade weapons that it acquired through a federal program — but it failed to mention a few.
campus group Students United Against Police Brutality obtained
documents that show the University neglected to disclose ownership of
three M79 grenade launchers it received through the federal Law
Enforcement Support Office established by the Department of Defense,
whose 1033 program allows police departments to obtain surplus military
weapons for free.
I'm sure they desperately needed the six M16 and two M14 rifles, but why the grenade launchers? Problems during homecoming? Desperate students during finals?
And here's openness for you:
The University never disclosed the acquisition of the grenade launchers because it was a concern that no one brought up, said Tim Busse, a University spokesperson.
“The discussion at the time was surrounding the rifles,” he said. “Nobody asked, ‘Well do you have grenade launchers as well?’”
Busse said the grenade launchers were only used for training and were never deployed. He declined to comment further.
“The equipment is gone, and frankly, that’s all we have to say about that,” he said.