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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:00 am

In a time when school shootings seem to occur almost every month, the Lodi Police Department is hoping to secure a new armored unit that will combat emergency crises.

Lodi Police Foundation has begun a campaign to raise some $200,000 for a Ballistics Armored Tactical Transport, also known as BATT.

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7 comments:

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:54 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war. Federal funding in the billions of dollars has allowed state and local police departments to gain access to weapons and tactics created for overseas combat theaters. It’s time to understand the true scope of the militarization of policing in America and the impact it is having in our neighborhoods.

    Check out this map of the law enforcement agencies with which ACLU Affiliates have filed public records requests.

    https://www.aclu.org/maps/militarization-police-america-public-records-requests

     
  • Will Rainwater posted at 3:33 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 43

    This thing would not have done a damn bit of good at any of the school shootings! The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun!

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:05 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 500

    Just another expensive toy. Spend the funds on Tasers instead.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 2:53 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    roy bitz Posts: 499

    I believe the capabilities of this vehicle far exceed the needs of the Lodi police department and I would like to be proven wrong before $200,000 tax payer dollars are spent on it.
    It doesn't surprise me that recent school shootings were referenced in an attempt to justify need for this vehicle. This is how politicians roll. Scare tactics can be effective.
    Can anyone----anyone----cite situations where such a vehicle has been effectively deployed by a police department in a city like Lodi California? Effectively deployed does not mean simply getting to a scene.
    I suppose now that military action in the Middle East, is winding down, producers of these vehicles need to find new markets and that's fine but I do not believe this is the greatest need for Lodi's police.
    Anyone?

     
  • Marc Yates posted at 2:45 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    MWYates Posts: 22

    The militarization of the local police is reminiscent of Nazi Germany during the 30's. There is absolutely no reason for armored vehicles carrying a squad of tactical officers with automatic weapons. People better wake up before the wolf is at the door. Also, once these departments obtain these weapon systems they are going to look for reasons to use them.

     
  • Billy Spears posted at 5:37 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Billy S Posts: 7

    Of these school shootings listed in the article, how many police responses used a Ballistics Armored Tactical Transport? Of those used ,(if any), how many were actually needed?
    I have been reading lately from different sources that local police are being equipped and trained for an armed insurrection from the public at large. Is this just another excuse to buy more hardware with which to further suppress the populace?
    Do we really need an armed vehicle on our streets similar to the ones used in Vietnam?

    Concerned

     
  • Paul Graham posted at 3:34 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    sacredwarrior Posts: 1

    $200,000 for a Ballistics Armored Tactical Transport? The vehicle can stop .50-caliber rounds and includes a blast mitigating floor, internal armored firewall, rifle rated roof protection, and an aggressive, fully armored hood clip. Can seat up to 12 geared officers? When Police go to a crime dont they get out of there car? How many people get robbed by a 50 caliber? That is one big gun. There are no improvised explosive device (IED) in lodi for you to drive over. If you have 12 officers inside will they stay in and how would they shoot out? You say you need it for a school shooting. Would you drive it in the hallways of the school to get the shooter?

     
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