(SanJoseInside) Fearing backlash from the public, San Jose police have opted to get rid of a heavily armored 15-ton truck, a military hand-me-down the city received from the Pentagon earlier this year.
The San Jose Police Department, already under the microscope for quietly buying a drone, began talking about getting ride of the mine-resistant vehicle even before riots in Ferguson brought them national attention.
Police departments are acquiring major battlefield equipment that emboldens officials to strong-arm those they should be protecting. "Police State USA: How Orwell's Nightmare is Becoming our Reality" (Autographed) chronicles how we got to this point.
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Police didn’t want the vehicle’s presence to breach the public’s trust, as more people worry about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, SJPD spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol told San Jose Inside.