Saddleback College Got an Army MRAP Vehicle Thanks to the 1033 Program
Updated: Sep 28
The debate over military equipment hand-me-downs to local police departments went before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on Tuesday, weeks after clashes in Ferguson between protesters and cops seemingly ready to take on Terminators brought the issue to the forefront. Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann testified at the hearing that it gives law enforcement armored vehicles needed to protect police and civilian lives. Maybe such an excuse is valid with an urban police force (maybe not), what about Saddleback College's campus police? With just nine full-time officers, the department somehow managed to get an army mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle for...what exactly? Scaring kids who don't put up their parking permit?
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