Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sorry, you don't need these

This is ridiculous:
Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq war.

The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program.

For police and sheriff's departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver shock and awe while serving warrants or dealing with hostage standoffs was just too good to pass up.
Actually, they have one in St. Cloud. St. Cloud? Here's a picture, courtesy of the St. Cloud Times:

This'll put a stop to that frat party, by jingo!
I've been to St. Cloud, which of course is actually just like Fallujah, if Fallujah had a Noodles and Company. There's simply no reason for a local police agency to have a vehicle like this. No one is planting IEDs on Division Street and there's been no reported fighting in the Munsinger Gardens. I have also not heard of any rocket attacks emanating from Sauk Rapids, but one cannot be sure what goes across the Euphrates Mississippi these days.

Police don't need this.


First Ringer said...

We have something similar in Edina (it was labeled a WMD response vehicle back in 2004) and we don't really need it. Of course, the vehicle was "free" due to federal funds making the purchase.

Unless Edina is suddenly struck with lebensraum and decides St. Louis Park looks nice, I don't think the vehicle will get much use.

Anonymous said...

Wait until people start getting their bills for health insurance under the new Obamacare Rules. The people will be out with pitchforks. A vehicle such as this will come in handy to quell the masses. This vehicle and SEIU ton tons, and order will be restored Comrade!

R.A. Crankbait said...

High on the hillside, the trucks are loading,
Everything's ready to roll.
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime,
I might not ever get home.

Mr. D said...

Unless Edina is suddenly struck with lebensraum and decides St. Louis Park looks nice

That would explain the scale model Maginot Line that St. Louis Park is erecting along the edge of Interlachen. At first we thought it was part of the Southwest LRT project, but now I know better.

Mr. D said...

This ain't no foolin' around, Crankbait.

R.A. Crankbait said...

You ought to know not to stand by the window.

Brian said...

At this point, I don't even think police should be allowed to have guns.