City Applies for Militarized Vehicle to Suppress PEACEFUL Political OppositionSubmitted by Joe For Liberty on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 20:22
First they ignore then they attack. Peaceful protests and free speech are under attack by the militarization of police across America. with our own money at that.
Alarming highlight: In its grant application to DHS, the Concord Police department said New Hampshire's experience with terrorism "slants primarily towards the domestic type," and said "the threat is real and here."
"Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges," the application stated. In addition to organized groups, it cited "several homegrown clusters that are anti-government and pose problems for law enforcement agencies."
Concord is poised to accept $258,000 in federal funding to buy an armored vehicle that police say would provide protection for officers and civilians alike during a terrorist attack, riot or shooting incident.
But some - notably the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union - are questioning the increasing use of what they call "militarized" equipment by civilian police forces.
Concord's City Council will hold a public hearing on Aug. 12 about the proposed purchase of a BearCat G3 rescue vehicle, paid for entirely by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
The police department applied for the grant on behalf of the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, which includes 20 local communities, Merrimack County Sheriff's Office and Plymouth State University. The SOU has an "early 80s-vintage" Peacekeeper armored vehicle, but it needs to be repaired "constantly," Concord Police Chief John Duval said.
*There will be a demonstration at 7pm on August 12th at the city council meeting to protest this militarization of police* We won't let up with our large collection of activists and organizations like Copblock. The heat will be on them.