So, once again we have an armored truck/tank/SWAT vehicle patrolling a neighborhood, this time after break-ins.
One might argue that the presence of such a military-type is reassuring to residents who might currently be feeling a bit fearful. But it fits with
the militarization of the police force we are increasingly seeing.
Others, looking from outside the community bubble, might wonder why we are allowing--and comfortable with--an armored vehicle patrolling. It instantly
brings thoughts of "Police State" and "Oceania." Even "Freejack."
Why does a police car--or several--not suffice? Why an armored vehicle?
I had a conversation with a reporter several months ago when a story surfaced about the latest addition to a local PD's force--an armored
truck-tank--and brought up the same fact: we are not in a war zone. SWAT is one thing, but a freakin' tank is different.
And an armored vehicle PATROLLING is quite another.
If anything, it's the image
that is key here. Just like the way police cars are becoming increasing menacing looking in order to intimidate, it
could be argued that these armored patrol vehicles, by their very nature intimidating-looking, will scare people into not committing crime. Once
again, Police State. Oceania. The intimidation factor of the ever-present eye that sees you while you don't see it. Blacked out windows, etc. Sure
beats the patrol vehicles of yesteryear...
Yet this is become a common occurrence that we are docilely accepting.
How long before this is an EVERYDAY occurrence?
We are slowly accepting it.
One day, it will become the norm, and all those people, years ago, because we are being frightened into begging for protection from inflated and
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