Monday, November 25, 2013

The Militarization of America: Local Police Forces to Get 18 Ton Armor Protected Military Vehicles From Iraq


"It's armored. It's heavy. It's intimidating. And it's free," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, among five county sheriff's departments and three other police agencies in New York that have taken delivery of an MRAP."

But other than the incredible potential of you know, civilians being abused by local police forces, there are a few small problems with the "armored, heavy, intimidating and free" tanks (which is pretty much what they are).

"They are too big to travel on some bridges and roads and have a tendency to be tippy on uneven ground. And then there's some cost of retrofitting them for civilian use and fueling the 36,000-pound behemoths that get about 5 miles to the gallon."

Hey! Other than that, no problem. 

Even universities in America want them: 

"Ohio State University campus police got one, saying they would use it in large-scale emergencies and to provide a police presence on football game days. Others went to police in High Springs, Fla., and the sheriff's office in Dallas County, Texas."