Hard to tell whether they fear vampires, demons, ghouls, zombies or more likely, roving bands of Tea Party patriots… This is whacked and alarming. Just what the hell, does the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department need with MRAPs? They must want to serve one hell of a warrant.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Fort Hood this month to acquire its own bona fide military vehicle – the International MaxxPro MRAP tactical vehicle — courtesy of a Department of Defense surplus program.
According to The Dallas Observer, the sheriff’s office obtained the 19-ton, diesel-operated behemoth with bullet-proof doors and tires, designed by Navistar Defense.
“The MaxxPro MRAP is built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats,” according to the Navistar website. “Its V-shaped hull helps deflect blasts out and away from the crew and its armoring can be customized to meet any mission requirement.”
The specific vehicle obtained by the Dallas sheriff’s office was never used overseas and claims only about 10,000 miles of use, but other similar vehicles were reportedly employed by the military in war zones, and specifically to withstand roadside IEDs, or improvised explosive devices.
The Observer writes the sheriff’s office will now use it to serve warrants on wanted men.
Does anyone, I mean anyone, see a problem with this militarization of our police forces? These are militarized vehicles… Meant to withstand IEDs, which I’m sure they expect to find in every pothole now. At least, that is how they are acting. Dallas is not alone of course. Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Ohio State University along with many others are also getting their ‘tactical defenses’ on. Tennessee tried to reassure everyone it was to protect them from armed gunmen. What? Militarized roaming gangs? Maybe al Shabaab and al Qaeda roaming the streets? Concerned American citizens would really like to know before their neighborhoods glow in the dark, if you know what I mean.
These guys are primary responders, but just what do they intent to respond to?
FILE: Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division play football in front of parked MRAP vehicles as they prepare to leave in a convoy inside FOB Joyce in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. (REUTERS)