Sometime soon, a grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri will decide whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing black teenager Michael Brown. Local officials are preparing for that moment by buying heaps of military-style riot gear.

Guardian reporter Jon Swaine, who has covered Brown's death and the subsequent Ferguson protests and police recriminations extensively, found that county police have spent lavishly since August on more "teargas, grenades, pepper balls and other civil disobedience equipment," just in case: