Ugh.

This is why something’s gotta give:

Walnut Creek California is a very white, suburban neighborhood, pretty affluent in Contra Costa County in the SF Bay area. They are more likely to be NPR listeners than radical leftists. That they would even have an urban assault vehicle is out of character.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead MDavis)

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15 Responses to Ugh.

  1. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Strong Tiananman Square vibes!

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  2. osirisopto says:

    I thought an armed society was a polite society.

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  3. Walnut Creek should at most have a suburban assault vehicle.

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  4. Steve-O says:

    Why are we paying their salaries?

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  5. ming says:

    Audio from inside of the vehicle indicates that he really said “get out of the road or you will be gassed”, but still,wtf?

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  6. Dennis Cole says:

    We should all be grateful it’s not an Abrams A1 M1. Don’t you guys remember the Great Military Surplus(?) give-away, when we all thought Obama was winding the War(s) down, bringin our Brave Troops home, huzzah, huzzah? Well, there was all this equipment that kept getting built, approved and paid for by Congress, it just kept getting churned out, right on schedule, and then shipped to………..storage.

    The stuff that was over there when we began withdrawing stayed there, with the keys in the ignitions, and Owner’s Manuals on the front seats, since it wasn’t financially justifiable to bring it all home, and that’s how ISIS and Al-Qaeda got so many vehicles and weapons systems to fight us with. It’s almost like The Planners wanted to ensure that there would be an enemy to come back for, to fight against in perpetuity.

    So, what to do with all this equipment sitting in mothballs, and slowly deteriorating? These BearCats, the MRAPS and Hummers, the Bradley Fighting Vehicles? Someone came up with the bright idea of subsidizing sales to LE all across the country, at give-away prices, and zero % interest. “You never know when this stuff might come in handy, like during nation-wide rioting and looting, so we should ensure our brave First Responders have access to the best, just to be on the safe side.”

    There were a few arguments against some municipalities purchasing all this gear, but since the loans could be extended indefinitely, if some cities had trouble paying, and the US Gov’t was backing this play – hell, they were actively pushing it, any resistance was futile.

    I went to a few Sonoma Co. Board of Supe’s meetings, when this was up for discussion, and one of the biggest selling points was “Look at MARIN county, what THEY bought! And even lowly Lake Co. right next door is getting a Hummer! We need a BearCat, and the Sheriff needs an MRAP, and we need a Mobile Command post, and automatic weapons, and…” and the list went on and on.And who do you suppose has been filling the ranks at your local PD? Well, all those sojers we sent to Iraq and Afgannystan, that WE armed and trained to be THE most lethal killing force the world has ever known, when they returned to nothing but shit jobs, and no real way to “Blow-off steam,” just about the only opportunity was the local PD or Sheriffs, where they’d get PAID for toting semi-auto weapons around, while performing occasional mayhem.

    And there’s no shortage of them, either. If they couldn’t hack the PD, there were “Private Security Contractors,” and home-grown militias, and other avenues available to them, but only if they used the skills they were taught, instead of getting retrained to begin working on Infrastructure Week.

    Truly, the chicken(hawks) have come to roost, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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  7. MDavis says:

    And one joker posted:

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  8. YellowDog says:

    The militarization of the police has been going on for at least 50 years. The old LEAA (Law Enforcement Assistance Administration) provided police departments with funding that some used to purchase surplus military equipment. In 1972, after anti-war protesters blocked University Avenue and occupied several buildings on the University of Minneapolis campus, the Minneapolis police asked for funding to purchase a military vehicle with a battering ram. Part of the justification was that it could be used to forcibly enter occupied University buildings. They also wanted M-16’s, which caused much consternation among local politicians and in the Minneapolis papers. Oh, how times have changed.

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