Indiana police snap up military surplus

Indiana police snap up military surplus

There are 102 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 26, 2007, titled Indiana police snap up military surplus. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Indiana is a frequent destination for military guns, boats, office furniture and other surplus equipment that the Defense Department gives away free to state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Bellefontaine, OH

#102 Feb 24, 2007
Just what we Need More Cops with More Military Hardware & tactics.
Citizen One wrote:
The continuing militarization of the police forces should be of grave concern to the people of Indiana. Police are not meant to be a military force and to equip them with military weaponry, equipment, vehicles and the like is going to lead us down a very bad road.
The police have no business adopting military tactics and equipment. As we have seen all too often it leads to tragedy and disaster for citizens. Radley Balko recently pointed this out to great effect in his paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America".

Staten Island, NY

#103 Feb 24, 2007
goat wrote:
Consider this, good point. Lets not forget a few years back when there was a shoot out on Sherman Ave with a subject armed with a rifle. No one on IPD had a rifle to respond with. He only gave up when his weapon malfunctioned.
Then go back to 2001 when Deputy Jason Baker was shot and killed with a rifle during a pursuit.(Oh yeah, if the Star had its way, he wouldn't have chased down those killers)
It was a pretty sad state of affairs, especially after the lesson that should have been learned after the LA bank robbery.
Even then, after one officer had been shot that night, after the murder of Jason Baker, and after IPD had acquired 200 decommisioned M-16's, it took around 2 years and the death of Jake Laird before those rifles began to be issued to officers.
The murder of Jason Baker could have been prevented years ago by the juvenile court system and IDOC. If they really tried to help kids in trouble turn their lives around instead of warehousing them and treating the kids like animals, things may have turned out differently. But without troubled teens becoming adult criminals, the criminal justice system would not be the big money maker it is today. Michael Paul Shannon was a kid in need of help as a young teen, but he was only seen as a meal ticket and a per diem by the system.

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