As if the militarization of US Police Forces wasn’t happening fast enough, they will now be taking possession of actual military vehicles used in Iraq.
These 18 ton military fighting vehicles known as MRAPs (mine resistant ambush protected vehicles) will be coming to a police state near you. The vehicles come fully loaded, equipped with gun turrets, armor, and bullet proof glass, for those really pesky seatbelt law violators.
According to a report out of the AP, 165 of these battle-hardened MRAPs are and will be acquired by police departments nationwide. We can now sleep well at night knowing that the sociopaths in blue will soon be armed to the teeth with vehicles used to oppress an entire nation during an illegal war.
The implications for these MRAPs are grim as there is no need for these vehicles of oppression being used against US citizens but the official reasoning is, “to deliver shock and awe while serving warrants or dealing with hostage standoffs.”
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"It's armored. It's heavy. It's intimidating. And it's free," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple
There is no shortage of police brutality in this country, in fact it is becoming quite the epidemic. The American Civil Liberties Union criticizes what it sees as the increasing militarization of the nation’s police. ACLU affiliates have been collecting 2012 records to determine the extent of military hardware and tactics acquired by police and plan to issue a report early next year. “One of our concerns with this is it has a tendency to escalate violence,” said ACLU Center for Justice senior counsel Kara Dansky.
One can only imagine the horrid abuses that will be played out in the near future as ‘roided up’ and trigger happy psychopaths have an increasing access to the military might formerly used to police the entire world into submission as the US spreads its empire.