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Reader reacts to Sheriff Office’s new MRAP

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:18 a.m. CDT

To the editor:

Do you buy this load of malarkey the Sheriff’s department needs a bulletproof, RPG-proof, mine-proof armored war machine to do police work?

“It is only for emergencies” Chief Deputy Rozendaal says. That sounds like a Jedi mind trick to me. The fire department already has very capable vehicles to respond to emergencies. 

This is an assault vehicle pure and simple. It is a step towards militarization of the police force. You don’t use a vehicle like this to serve the public, but to use force     against it. Shame on Chief Deputy Rozendaal for making such an obviously vague and deceptive statement.

I am shocked that anyone would buy what they are trying to sell. Remember what law enforcement always says: “buyer beware.”

Martin Griggs

Newton

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