This is a discussion on Why does Tampa Bay need an APC/tank? within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by OPFOR See, SIXTO, if your department had an APC you could be quietly composing your thoughts while grinding OWS protesters (and the ...
Police departments have become militarized. Long gone is community policing. I can't wait to see the outrage when they start using drones.
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Just one example of a police armored vehicle being used to protect life: Armored Vehicle Aids In Rescue of Shot Parks Officer - News - POLICE Magazine
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Blame it on Sixto - now that is a viable plan.
As far as the APC (it certainly is not a tank), I don't see an issue with law enforcement agencies having them. People shoot at police officers, police chiefs don't want their officers to get shot, so they have an armored vehicle to us for higher risk missions. Makes sense to me. The design of it looks pretty much purely defensive. There are no mounted weapons, just some extra material added to the body to protect those inside.
If they start running around in Abrahms, I think that is one thing, but an armored truck? Not so much.
By the way, civilians can own armored vehicles too.
The park the whole thing started in was private property, and they refused to leave for months. And you can find a lot of instances of violence associated with the movement, everything from murder, to sex assault, to assault, to drugs. I am all for free speech, but free speech is done in a peaceful, mature manner. Squatting on someone else's land demanding freebies in life isn't the same thing.These "Occupy" people are mis-guided, ignorant fools as far as I'm concerned, but until they commit violent acts or invade someone's private property no police force should lay a hand on them for expressing their opinions, however ridiculous they may be. That goes for anyone else in this country, and taking the peoples' money through taxes and buying armored vehicles that clearly look like tanks and rolling down the streets in them should not be tolerated.
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