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.