The MRAP will be used "to employ it as a tool in 'threats from armed gunmen.'"
Oh, really? Perhaps the good people of Murfreesboro need to look into what an MRAP really is.
"The MRAP is a hardened vehicle that will withstand an improvised explosive device blast...." It carries nine personnel.
"These vehicles are very durable," [JRSOI senior training and development specialist Philip Atkinson] said. "They are designed to withstand quite an explosion, and really basically have all the parts blow off of the vehicle like tires, engines, transmissions and just have the cab stay intact where all the soldiers are so they can survive."
An MRAP would be serious overkill (pardon the pun) for "threats from armed gunmen." So why exactly do Murfreesboro law enforcement need a mine-protected, all-terrain armored personnel carrier? I think the people need to ask a few questions that are more probing than simply, "How much does it cost?"
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Wow..... I moved to this town to get away from Clarksville style BS...... now we have MCPD MRAPS on the roads and MTSU drones in the sky..... maybe the conspiracy theorists, peppers, Aldous Huxley, and others are right...... but of course, Boro/Rutherford county citizens are going to lay back and take it. When one of the towns citizens tries to purchase or use one of these prices of equipment, the local powers that be will say "What do you need that for? Oh, yeah? Well you can't own it or use it, that's for government officials and LEOs only." Welcome to the Gray State.....
"Councilman Toby Gilley then explained that the Police Department had acquired the vehicle at no cost"... You need to vote against this guy ASAP. It's absurd and offensive to imply there was no cost to this $658,000! vehicle. The taxpayers paid for it.
There is a grant system the city has to fill out the reason for their need for this type of vehicle including listing specific terrorist groups, etc. that have been such a HUGE problem for Murfreesboro that they need a taxpayer-funded MRAP to protect against all the mines and whatnot. I'm guessing your city council and police chief committed a federal crime when they filled out the paperwork and made up the justifications. Instead of reporting on how cool it is, dig in and see how illegal it is and who is lying about what.