Towns Refuse Armored Mine Resistant Vehicles (MRAPs) but 13000 Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Last week I posted on how our states are being militarized by our government gifting heavy

Salina, California Police

Salina, California Police

armored vehicles, weapons, battle gear, and ammo to police and sheriff departments from sea-to-shining sea, or at the very least, to city and state law enforcement bodies that might be favorable to the Obama administration’s version of ‘justice.’ In February, a WSJ article said “residents in some towns” are resisting. I used a photo from Salinas, California in my earlier article, and this morning a reader alerted me to Gateway Pundit’s story on 13,000 MRAPs being distributed to police in places we may or may not hear about. The Salinas police posing in the photo above is one of those 13,000. Take a closer look at the beast below, read more about resistance to this trend and few an excellent video if you have the time.

NOTE: Corrected to reflect 13,000 MRAPs not 1300. Apologies

Salinas Police Department MRAP

Salinas Police Department MRAP

In November 2013, Reason ran an article saying that 500 cities “Get Free Tanks,” but taxpayers bought them for the DOD initially at $658,000 for each.

The vehicle came as part of the infamous “1033 program,” through which Defense gets rid of excess stuff it didn’t need in the first place by putting it into circulation via local police departments (it’s like a gun giveaway in reverse and with tons more firepower). Read Reason on that

No journalist has done more to highlight the militarization of police than former Reason staffer Radley Balko (archive here), now at the Huffington Post (archive here). Watch this interview about his recent book Rise of the Warrior Cop. Source: Reason

Manchester, New Hampshire BearCat

Manchester, New Hampshire BearCat

From Wall Street Journal, February 2014:

Residents in some towns have begun standing up to the large armored vehicles that local police departments are receiving from the federal government.

Six-figure grants from the Department of Homeland Security have been funding BearCats and other heavily fortified vehicles in towns and cities nationwide since soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Beginning last summer, the government also has handed out 200 surplus vehicles built to withstand mines and bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is considering requests from 750 more communities.

Most police and citizens welcome the extra protection, saying recent mass shootings show any local force could find itself facing an extremely violent or dangerous situation. But antipathy has grown in some pockets of the country—from New York to Ohio to California—which see the machines as symbols of government waste and a militarization of law enforcement, including the growth of SWAT teams and high-tech gadgets in recent decades.

In libertarian-leaning New Hampshire, a state lawmaker just introduced a bill that would ban municipalities from accepting military-style vehicles without approval from voters. That came in response to the Concord City Council’s vote in the fall to accept a $258,000 federal grant to buy a BearCat, despite intense opposition from citizens who submitted a 1,500-signature petition and rallied outside City Hall holding signs that said, “More Mayberry, Less Fallujah” and “Thanks But No Tanks!”

“This seems over the top and unnecessary to have this level of armament,” said the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. J.R. Hoell. He said police in 11 communities in New Hampshire now have armored vehicles.

Peter Kraska, a professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, believes recent revelations about federal surveillance programs are helping drive the discomfort with outfitting police departments like the military. The armored vehicles are “a pretty visual example of overreach,” he said. He also noted that the passage of time since the 2001 attacks may have eased worries about terrorist events…

In 2012, Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) complained that more than $35 billion had been spent since 2003, some of it on “questionable items.” He specifically criticized “tank-like” BearCats for local police, noting that the grant application from one small New Hampshire town cited “protecting the town’s annual pumpkin festival” as a reason why the armored truck was needed. Read more.

How do we know who received the ‘gifts?’ Those other 400+ cities and towns not mentioned her – who are they? A list would be a good thing. The DOD and Homeland Security are both involved in this program, and maybe other departments as well.

This is a must see video talking about the transformation of your local policeman to Warrior Cop.

Linked at BadBluenews uncensored and current, 24/7. Read it here.

Radley Balko the Rise of SWAT and the Warrior Cop (video)
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  • Mustang

    We often bemoan the fact that our citizens are no longer engaged in the national dialogue. Well, guess what? They aren’t even engaged in local dialogue. Citizens shun attending school board meetings and city hall meetings because they are, quite frankly, boring.

    Well, here’s a bit of news for you: school board superintendents and city parliamentarians design these meetings to be boring. If they are boring, people won’t attend. And, if people don’t attend, then the Police Department gets a new shipment of machine guns to use against Americans. And MRAPs, Light Assault Vehicles, UAVs (not yet armed with missiles, but don’t get too giddy just yet), and cameras to monitor what we Americans are really up to on the way to Wal-Mart.

    No, we can’t expect Americans to take back the country if they are too lazy to even take back their cities.

  • Fixall

    Food for Thought: Marshall Law as reinstated by Obama………….Hmmm!

    • pbird

      Martial, for GOD’s sake. Do people even know what this means.

      • Fixall

        Sorry I misspelled it.

        • pbird

          sorry to be a butt about it, its one of those things

        • Fixall, please, there is no need for an apology. I’ve done the same thing. ‘Martial’ is not a word we type often. Marshall is a name and a office. We see it all the time. It’s nothing. Don’t give it a thought. And by the way, yes, martial law is something to think about.

      • Skip V. Patel

        Like “Martial Crenshaw”?

  • Guest

    Maggie…The Gateway Pundit article states there are 13,000 armored vehicles, not 1,300.

    • Guest, thank you! We have had an ice and sleet storm, with THUNDER ALL DAY, and our furnace went out for our downstairs area, so I was hurrying to help hubby see if we could fix the furnace, which we could not, and I guess I didn’t proof, or something (or just wasn’t thinking). Thanks so much for letting me know. I’ve corrected it.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    These are expensive toys for cops. They aren’t “free”. They must be maintained and the police must train with them and spend time using them. Every hour that half a dozen police spend training on one of these is an hour where six very expensive police are not “protecting and serving”. Worse, the police will feel the need to use them. This is exactly what has happened with SWAT teams. If you call the police because your teenager got drunk and is billigerent they will likely show up in ful battle armor bust in yur front door and shoot you teenager and throw mom and dad to the ground and cuff you. The very nature of military hyper-macho equipment creates hyper-macho police with hyper-macho results. This decision to put this equipment into the hands of small town police will cost lives and probably large lawsuits as well.

    • Skip V. Patel

      Amen!

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