A Town Takes on Police Militarization

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

I have a piece up at Huffington Post about the residents of Keene, New Hampshire resisting the city council’s plan to use a DHS grant to purchase an armored personnel vehicle.

Side note: When I speak to journalism students, I always emphasize the importance of calling hostile sources. Most of the time, they aren’t going to call you back. But sometimes they do. And sometimes when they do, they’ll give you quotes that make your eyes pop out of your head. And now you have a much, much more interesting story.

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58 Responses to “A Town Takes on Police Militarization”

  1. #1 |  Dante | 

    Danny said:
    “Misuse can be addressed by good policy.”

    I agree.

    Policy Number One: No militarization of local police departments.

    No tanks, APC’s, or assault teams. No 50 caliber guns. No Grenade Launchers. No military-grade equipment, or anything close.

    Policy Number Two: No more immunity for local police departments.

  2. #2 |  Burgers Allday | 

    When exactly was the last time a group of terrorists “shot up” anything at all?

    Mumbai. DC Snipers. I would also include that Craig guy in Washington who shot a policeman to death, and allegedly tried to shoot another one later, along with some minor firebombing, except for the fact that he worked alone. I think Washington also had a shooter attack a Jewish institution of some kind, but that one seemed more crazy than terroristic.

    Terrorist attacks of the future will generally be freeway snipings. In quantity, and to induce shock and awe. Bearcats won’t help. It will be an interesting year or so until ppl get used to it. Some will die, but mostly it will set us up for a huge battle over 2A, the likes of which we have never seen before.

  3. #3 |  Burgers Allday | 

    And of course I forgot Jared Loughner and the Fort Hood guy who hit all those soldiers and the policewoman.

    But really, when terrorists get smarter they will chose freeway targets so they don’t alsways get caught.

  4. #4 |  Justthisguy | 

    Misuse can be addressed by RPGs, or AT-4s, or LAWs, or even old-fashioned Bazookas and Panzerfaueste in the hands of private citizens. If the government has armor, the citizens should have anti-armor weapons. It is as simple as that.

  5. #5 |  Goober | 

    @ #38 – Can you imagine a scenario where this bearcat would have helped the police close on and eliminate this guy as a threat, inside a schoolhouse? Try hard. I am sort of struggling with it.

    Your post is only making our point – brave, brave public servants in body armor with automatic weapons hid behind their cruisers, outside, while people that were unarmed and without body armor were slaughtered inside, and all because ti would have been dangerous for the armored, armed police to go in – what about the kids inside?

    The police would no more have gone in with the bearcat than they did without. your story only further illuminates the character of the police force in America – they would rather violently harass and terrorize unarmed drug users than actually risk their lives to defend innocents.

    I promise you that without body armor, and with only my .38 snubby that I carry on me whenever I can, that I’d have gone into that school rather than sit outside and listen to kids get shot. Probably would have gotten myself shot for the trouble (or arrested for bringing a gun onto school proeprty – heh), but I sure as hell wouldn’t hide outside for fear that going in would be too dangerous.

  6. #6 |  Kevin Rulokowski | 

    Here is Jim Massery in the flesh…a little creepy, eh?


  7. #7 |  JERRY | 

    So let me get this straight, the terrorists (or whoever) are going to wait to shoot up the mall until after the big mamajama police tactical all-terrain vehicle shows up. Yeah, OK. ……..Can’t stop laughing, .

  8. #8 |  Zeb | 

    Keene is a city, not a town.