ENC to get its first Bearcat

By William R. Toler

Jacksonville residents beware: the police are getting a tank.bearcat

Jacksonville city council members unanimously voted to approve the police department’s purchase of a Lenco Bearcat.

According to some attendees of Tuesday night’s meeting, the decision had already been made at a prior planning workshop.

Members of the Eastern Carolina Republican Liberty Caucus went to the meeting to express concern. However, it was apparent council members could not be swayed.

One member posted-

From the copy of the agenda, made available to the public in the lobby:

Purchasing the Bearcat: Pros: (1) Increase in public safety operations; (2) Increase in officer safety; (3) Improved tactical operation response
Cons: None

Not Purchasing the Bearcat: Pros: None
Cons: (1) Officer life, health and safety concerns; (2) Escalating costs to keep vehicle in service

It seems the council would not have taken any worries from the public seriously, judging by the propaganda. But members of the ECRLC say that the council members maintained civility during and after the meeting, even though they disagreed. Several members added, the mayor seemed condescending to their concerns.

The police department’s only real justification for the Bearcat, is to replace it’s 33-year-old Dodge Peacekeeper. (How’s that for the name of a tactical truck?)

Instead of just getting a new armored truck, the department is getting a bullet-proof assault vehicle.

When I told my dad about it, he’s first reaction was, “Why? Things aren’t that bad are they?”

Why? That’s the question local media outlets, politicans and residents should’ve been asking.

However, it’s likely that even if there had been massive oppostion, the council would have rubber-stamped the purchase anyway, just like the New Hampshire citiesĀ  of Concord and Keene.

The Jacksonville Daily News reports that the Bearcat should be delivered in 240 days.

WNCT reported last month that the city of Greenville is interested in its own tank.

The Independent Register will keep you informed on the militarization of the police in eastern North Carolina and across the country.

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6 Responses to ENC to get its first Bearcat

  1. Hans Miller for Sheriff, Constitutional Patriot

    Not a tank. People that know, KNOW. It’s purpose is to save lives against deadly threats. It is not a patrol vehicle to intimidate. It is simply a tool to SAFELY insert a tactical team into a deadly threat area & to SAFELY evacuate any wounded citizens requiring medical attention.

  2. Keith Moody, New Orleans

    Maximum Officer Safety (and civilians too) at a value price!

  3. Richard

    FYI: “We the People” have become the bad guys. We, in the US of A, are now and have been in a police state for 20 plus years. Mr. Miller: when law enforcement buys this type of vehicle, it is not for safety, it is about POWER and what kind of POWER, they can inflick on “We the People”.

    • Hans Miller for Sheriff

      We the People have Constitutional & civil rights that will not be violated by a hardened vehicle that is properly used only to save lives. Of course, any tool can be mis-used. If so, take appropriate legal action. And anyone who wants to ban something just because it can be mis-used: don’t even try to collect firearms or motor vehicles from law abiding citizens!
      But i understand that some people just do not understand the Constitution like those of us who have taken an oath. And, criminals just don’t like the polce.

  4. Hans Miller for Sheriff

    INFLICT, not inflick.

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