With 11 gun ports, a rotating turret and room for 10 officers, the modified Ford F-550 will help city police handle high-risk calls, police Chief Victor Rodriguez said. Cash and other assets seized during police operations will cover the emergency service unit’s $150,000 price tag. [...]
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office already owns a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response vehicle — commonly referred to as BEAR — built by Lenco Industries of Pittsfield, Mass. Purchased in 2009 with federal funds, the BEAR cost $346,000.
McAllen sought a smaller, faster vehicle for city use, Rodriguez said.
Why does a police department need 11 gun ports and a rotating turret for city use?
If and when you actually get into those kinds of firefights, shouldn’t that be the time to call in the National Guard?
There are critically important reasons that police serve a different purpose and should operate in a different manner than the military. A militarized police force is a serious blow to a free society.