Sunday, September 29, 2013
Dallas County sheriff's deputies traveled to Fort Hood earlier this month and picked up their very own International MaxxPro MRAP. This particular truck has never seen any actual combat, having only been deployed stateside for training exercises, so it doesn't have any cool battle scars, but with the dealer's $600,000 price tag knocked down to nothing, and with just 10,000 miles on it, the deal was too good to pass up.
OK. Pretty cool. But let's back up for a moment. There's a very glaring, very fundamental question we haven't yet addressed: Why in holy hell does Dallas County need an armored military vehicle built to withstand a minor apocalypse?
The underlying reason seems to be that military trucks are fucking cool, but no one's actually saying that. The sheriff's office is touting it as a tool that will help them better serve warrants.
"Having a tactical vehicle will not only provide warrants execution with the equipment to assist in performing their jobs but will provide an overall safety arch," Chief Deputy Marlin Suell wrote to commissioners.
From the comments:
There is no legitimate reason a civilian police force should have these vehicles.
The feds are providing the money for the local PDs to buy these things through Homeland Security. Both Homeland Security and militarization of local police is an obvious violation of Posse Comitatus so this is simply an end run. Wishing the feds to supervise it is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.
Posted by Leaving Normal at 12:29 PM