The Martin County Sheriff’s Office just added a Bearcat to their arsenal thanks to being able to legally steal other people’s propety who haven’t even been convicted of a crime.
The MCSO was able to buy a $337,000 Bearcat G3 due to the efforts of policing for profit. Future purchases may be limited as Eric Holder just dealt a serious blow to asset forfeiture.
Sheriff Snyder says that the vehicle in the video below is a civilian vehicle. Ever see one driving around on the road?
“I wanted to make it abundantly clear … this is a civilian grade vehicle,” Snyder said. “This was produced for the civilian police market, it was not produced for the military.”
Not for the military but the militarized police.
Snyder goes on to defend purchasing the heavily armored vehicle with money stolen from innocent Americans.
Snyder also mentions the other militarized vehicle his office uses, the MRAP.
Snyder said, but the MRAP is “really overkill for what we need.”
“We took it (the MRAP) because we didn’t know … we would ultimately be able to afford to get one of these,” Snyder said.
“It’s really more appropriate for the streets of Baghdad, so that you’re impervious to land mines, IEDs,” Snyder said. “It’s not really a delivery vehicle for a SWAT team. It is more of an offensive military vehicle.”
Nice way to address police militarization concerns by admitting you have military equipment that is overkill.
TCPalm appropriately included the word TANK in the image file name.