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Old 03-06-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: London, England
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Why do America's cops need an armored tank? - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - Auto Tech - msnbc.com
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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Police state USA continues.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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That question was asked 30 years ago when they started to appear.
Our local Sheriff's Department has 2, justification was in the event of an incident at the nuclear power plant. Also, it's hard to turn down grant money for toys.

I wanted to add that I'd be willing to bet that the London Police force (whatever it's called) has a few, along with the departments in the other major cities.

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Well, when criminals can get their hands on ak47's and other more powerful weapons, i have no problem with cops getting stuff they need to protect themselves. But my question would be, how often is such a thing actually used? Is this another earmark to get a needed vote?
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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Well, when criminals can get their hands on ak47's and other more powerful weapons, i have no problem with cops getting stuff they need to protect themselves. But my question would be, how often is such a thing actually used? Are these things bought by the government just to get a needed vote? Then when the administration does not know what to do with them they give them away to police departments?
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Probably not earmarks, just regular budget line items listed as grant funding. Earmarks are usually very specific in the legislation while line items aren't. Grants are real widely written with guidelines on what they can be used for.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What does god need with a starship?
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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With some criminals able to get access to assault weapons and even armor piercing weapons, it's better to have something that is a little more heavy duty than a Crown Vic to bring SWAT in.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:47 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Maybe because the criminals drive tanks themselves?
You don't remember the incident in San Diego?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msPrOIAVUZo

Sometimes I think this entire board is teenagers. I would say there is at least some precedent. Also, along the border some of the cartels have armored vehicles with mounted assault rifles and grenades.


This is what a gang would do to a truck, this is from Tijauna



They confiscated one SUV not too long ago that had a mounted Gatling Gun.

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Old 03-06-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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Because they like to play army, except with less accountability,training and professionalism.
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