Tuesday, June 10, 2014

indiana Cop: "The United States of America has become a war zone"

Says Pulaski County (Indiana) Sheriff Michael Gayer:
"The United States of America has become a war zone," he said. "There's violence in the workplace, there's violence in schools and there's violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that's what I'm going to do."
Pulaski County has a population of 13,402. Here's where you find this domestic Fallujah:

Sheriff Gayer perhaps needs to get into a safer line of work, if he's not feeling up to policing without the ninja gear.


Nosmo King said...

"We don't have a lot of mines in Johnson County," confessed sheriff Doug Cox, who acquired the vehicle. "My job is to make sure my employees go home safe."

Actually, it's not. Your job, Sheriff, which came with a binding oath, is to respect and follow the constitutions of the United States and Indiana - which, BTW, enumerate the rights of the citizens who hired you - while enforcing existing law as fairly and equitably as possible.

There's nothing in your oath of office or either of the constitutions about "going home safe."

Perhaps you and Sheriff Gayer really should seek safer employment outside law enforcement.

Michael Brahier said...

Who declared war on who, again?

Goober said...

I'm so tired of this "get home safe at all costs" mentality.

Look, if you are so goddamned scared at your job that you have to throw incendiary explosives at babies, shoot dogs that the postman didn't need to shoot only an hour earlier, raid homes in military shock gear on the slightest pretense, and drive around town in tanks, then you really need to find another line of work.

I'm reminded of Tam's snarky comment the other day about the baby who was exploded by a cop who threw a flashbang into his crib:
"you know what has never burned an infant? A doorbell"

B said...

This county is 90% agricultural...If the farmers chose to shoot the cops, they'd do it as soon as they exit the vehicle.

There is, however, a big Meth issue there, but the MRAP and such isn't the right tool for that job.

Chris said...

I had more control of my emotions when I was lost in East St Louis, at night, in the rain, in 1975. With my wife in the car with me. LONG before GPS, for you young whippersnappers.

Guy probably shakes like a chihuahua.

Geodkyt said...

The ONLY thing the MRAP is really suited for in that county is surviving teh consequences of ramming it INTO a meth lab -- I'll note that conducting a "dynamic entry" by smashing an armored vehicle INTO a building is not a recommneded technique for executing either a search or an arrest warrant, because the big BOOM that will likely result tends to destroy both evidence and suspects. . .