He Who Dies with the Most Toys Wins!
The cops in Newport Beach, California, have joined countless other federalized and militarized police forces around the country with the introduction of “The Peace Keeper,” a 9,000-pound armored vehicle. “Here’s some advice from police,” reports the Daily Pilot. “When you see this thing rolling down the street, go inside and lock your doors.”
It’s said this combat vehicle is “just-in-case situations,” although no further explanation is provided. The vehicle “is capable of withstanding rifle fire. Theoretically, it can also withstand fragmentation grenades,” according to Joseph Serna of the Daily Pilot.
Fragmentation grenades? How many citizens have grenades? Do the cops in California expect us to believe gang-bangers and other assorted potentially violent criminals have RPGs and large caliber machineguns?
More likely, the police in Newport added a second armored vehicle — they also have a retrofitted Brinks armored truck — not to deal with crack dealers armed with Glocks or even Mac-10s, but to respond when angry mobs of citizens take to the street.
Free People – Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca openly states that his department is a paramilitary force. Since when did all of this change from “peace officers” to agents of the “state?” Did we mention that he has a Deputy Liaison from DHS with an office right next to his own in the Sheriff Department HQs building? Hmmm…. This vehicle certainly DOES look like a hand-me-down from your BIG BROTHER, but if you want to be as cool as he is you will accept it with pride.