That’s about all I can say about Tanner McCoon’s recent letter. He rails on about the horrible thing the local police did when they obtained the surplus MRAP.
I am very sorry for the horrible treatment he must have received from the police in the past. Only a horrible interaction could explain his mistrust.
I read the same story he did and I immediately thought how great it was that we now had this piece of equipment that could very possibly save lives. Law enforcement or civilian, to my way of thinking, a life saved is a life saved.
I doubt it will be used to bust illegal pot growers. Unless, of course, they are wanted felons suspected of having firearms. Maybe they are gang members being sought for another gang-related shooting or death.
Makes no difference to me. If the equipment can get the job done safer, use it.
We ask the police to do things that scare most of us nearly to death. We owe it to them to provide the safest equipment available.
Maybe Tanner can go with police and they will let him knock on the door of a wanted felon who has been threatening to shoot the next officer he sees.
My suggestion to you is put up or shut up. The Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are always taking applications. Maybe Tanner can get to drive the MRAP instead of complaining about it.
By the way, it cost the taxpayers just under $7,000. That will not go far in road repair!