New Hampshire Lawmaker Tries and Fails to Pass Bill to Keep Police From Buying Tanks

PIC: SDlewis (PD)

PIC: SDlewis (PD)

It looks like New Hampshire police will get their BEARCAT (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck – sounds like a mid-eighties GI Joe toy.) armored vehicles. You know – for “the terrorists.” Wondering who the terrorists du jour are today? Well, on a grant application to Uncle Sugar, Concord Police Chief John Duval identified C.O.B.R.A.,  the New Hampshire Free State Project and Occupy New Hampshire. Don’t worry – he’s really sorry, though, and promised he didn’t mean it.

Duval’s backpedaling didn’t convince city residents, though. Protesters gathered outside Concord town hall to demand his resignation.

Duval’s application also attracted the attention of New Hampshire Republican legislator J.R. Hoell, who sponsored a bill to prevent police departments from purchasing more BEARCATS. There are already 11 departments that already have them.

“Where do you draw the line to say, ‘This is too much,’ in terms of military equipment in the hands of the police?” Hoell asked.

Unfortunately, Hoell’s bill failed to pass the House today.

Duval and his buddies in blue aren’t the only ones aching to get their hands on urban assault vehicles and surplus military gear. According to the Department of Defense, there’s been “vigorous interest” in MRAP trucks, too – armored vehicles built to be resistant to roadside bombs and land mines. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security handed out a billion dollars to law enforcement organizations around the country under the auspice of anti-terrorist defense.

The increased militarization continues despite statistics showing that crime rates are actually going down. So why are police trying to arm themselves more like Navy SEALS and less like law enforcement officers? It’s because the police credit dropping crime rates to their military tactics.

Another obvious reason (besides the “tacticool” factor), for so many police are arming themselves with weapons and equipment more suitable for war zones instead of suburbs is that it’s all free for the taking. All it takes is a properly worded grant and suddenly Barney Fife has a tank. Take that and the complacency of a public all too willing to hand over their freedom in the name of “security” and you have a recipe for disaster.




  • Anarchy Pony

    As much as I fear the coming fascist jackbootfall, my nerdy side is transfixed by the tacticool factor.

    • Thurlow Weed

      NSA has recorded your comment and will spare your family. For last.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Perks are perks.

      • Spasmodius

        “Remember when I promised I’d kill you last…..I lied.”

        • Thurlow Weed

          I cannot recall who spoke that line.

          • Spasmodius

            I totally recall who it was….it was Arnold as John Matrix in Commando.

          • misinformation

            Oh man, like “Sonny” could’ve ever served in the Special Forces…

  • BuzzCoastin

    aMerka has 1 million cops
    Unk Homey employs 500k alphabet pigs
    & another millionish national guard back up
    & Uncle Homeland’s Murdering Band & mercenaries, 2 millionish
    4.5 million armed & dangerous porkers
    all to serve & protect aMerka
    god knows its dangerous mofo place

  • misinformation

    Part of the excuse for the Concord police saying they needed a Bearcat was because members of the Free State Project are terrorists…yea, ok.

  • Ted Heistman

    Hey, I know you!

  • Doubleutf

    Theo: [sees LAPD SWAT armored vehicle approaching] Wait a minute, wait a minute. What have we here, gentlemen? The police have themselves an RV. Southeast corner.

  • misinformation

    “Even more ridiculous”? Than any argument FOR the Concord PD needing an armored vehicle? There shouldn’t even need to be an argument against it. There’s absolutely zero need for it.

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