Letter: City has no need for a vehicle of war
Re “Police plan BearCat rollout” (Monitor Local & State page, Dec. 26):
Why is our government trying to bankrupt our country by turning into a police state?
There is absolutely no need for a vehicle of war driving down the streets of Concord. We didn’t even have a vehicle like that during my two tours in Iraq. They say the quarter-of-a-million-dollar rolling fortress came from a federal grant, so it won’t hurt our state’s taxpayers. Where do they think the federal government gets their money from? How many more states have received similar grants?
This is an unnecessary expense that will do no good. Of course, a well-trained SWAT team that is properly equipped is a necessary thing to have. But we don’t need tanks in the hands of policemen who aren’t even full-time SWAT members. Some people point to the Boston Marathon bombing as evidence that this sort of equipment is needed. On the contrary: That scum was caught by a civilian who noticed him in his boat, then called the police. There was no need for martial law. Well-trained police officers are what is needed to protect us, not an expensive para-military force.