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Congratulations! Your tiny town has an MRAP and is ready for war

By Radley Balko   

April 18 at 1:00 pm

Here at The Watch, we’re looking for the smallest town in America to acquire an MRAP, or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored personnel vehicle.

For the past few years, the Pentagon has been giving these vehicles to police departments across the country. The unwieldy behemoths have little real application in domestic police work. They’re designed for use on a battlefield. (The Pentagon offers no training to police departments when it gives the vehicles away. And they’ve been known to tip over.)

But police departments are snatching them up. It’s part of the general trend toward more militarized domestic police forces that’s been happening since about the early 1980s.

Below, I’ve assembled a quick (but by no means comprehensive) rundown of towns and counties to have recently required an MRAP from the Defense Department. But we want to find the tiniest town in America whose police force will be protected from any potential insurgent uprising. So far, the leading contender is Dundee, Mich., a sprawling metropolis of 3,900 people. If you hear of a town with fewer people acquiring an MRAP, please let me know.

Towns and counties that have recently acquired an MRAP:
•Lyon County, Nev. (population: 51,000)
•Watertown, Conn. (population 22,000)
•Walla Walla, Wash. (population: 32,000)
•Michigan City, Ind. (population: 31,000)
•Mason City, Iowa (population: 28,000)
•Madison, Ind. (population 12,000)
•Willimantic, Conn. (population: 18,000)
•Cape Girardeau, Mo. (population: 39,000)
•Story County, Iowa (population: 91,000)
•Manteca, Calif. (population: 71,000)
•Jasper County, Iowa (population: 36,000)
•Justice, Ill. (population: 13,000)
•Dodge County, Wis. (population: 88,000)
•Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (population: 16,000)
•Nampa, Idaho (population: 83,900)
•Merrillville, Ind. (population: 35,600)
•St. Cloud, Minn. (population: 66,000)
•Warren County, N.Y. (population: 65,500)
•North Augusta, S.C. (population: 22,000)
•Eureka, Calif. (population 27,000)

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« Last Edit: April 19, 2014, 07:02:58 AM by rangerrebew »
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Re: Congratulations! Your tiny town has a MRAP and is ready for war
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2014, 12:55:49 PM »
MRAPs have one distinct problem.

They are defensive. Not offensive. If you think you are ready for war by having one - hey, we Brits know a thing or two about dealing with pissed off people who know how to shoot. Hit us up some time.
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Re: Congratulations! Your tiny town has a MRAP and is ready for war
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014, 05:28:21 PM »
What it seems to me the democrats are doing is massing their equipment around the country before they have their national police force turn on the American people.
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Re: Congratulations! Your tiny town has a MRAP and is ready for war
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 06:55:03 PM »
somebody needs to come with plans for a homemade  working anti tank device
and post them on line  :whistle:
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Re: Congratulations! Your tiny town has a MRAP and is ready for war
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 07:05:54 PM »
somebody needs to come with plans for a homemade  working anti tank device
and post them on line  :whistle:

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