MRAPs – the “War on Terror” Brought to Your Community

Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles manufactured for use in Iraq and Afghanistan at a cost of half a million dollars or more, are now being distributed to police outfits across the united states under the guise of the misnamed ‘war on terrorism.’ Just who are the terrorists?

On Saturday, Nov. 09th, Pete and Garret, on the road with the Police Accountability Tour, joined some of the good folks involved with NW Indiana Cop Block and stopped by the Merrillville police outfit to inquire about the need for a 32,000-lb. military vehicle in the community.

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The MRAP now based at the Merrillville police outfit 219.769.3531

NW INDIANA REGIONAL SWAT
Robert Morgan Merrillville PD 219.769.3531
William Bednar Schereville PD 219.322.5000
on Facebook
http://www.nwregionalswat.com

MERRILLVILLE POLICE
(219) 769.3531
http://www.merrillville.in.gov/departments/police_department/police_department.html

NW INDIANA COP BLOCK
219.440.COPS (219.440.2677)
http://copblock.org.in

POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY TOUR
[overview] http://CopBlock.org/Tour
[stops] http://CopBlock.org/TourStops
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQKn6VyrLIpekRhC_sqm5xU2dCLiiJAzd
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[sponsor] http://AmagiMetals.com

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability.

Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    First

  • t

    K, 2nd

  • John Q Public

    3rd!

  • John Q Public

    Why are copblockers so scared of MRAPs? Let’s hear the “police state” garbage over a vehicle that is defensive in nature. I guess they’re jealous because they can’t ride in one.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Because they’re about as uneducated as it gets when it comes to vehicles such as this. They have no idea the history about armored vehicles and law enforcement.

    But that’s OK. I don’t expect any of them put their bong down long enough to educate themselves.

  • KAZ

    To answer all the idiot cop questions on here is simple. The police do not need MRAP’s plain and simple. The mine resistant armored personnel carriers are designed for soldiers going to War not police. There is simply no need for police to have MRAP’s, if shit gets to the point where we are fighting a war on our own land then let the real Soldiers step up and handle it. This is why we have a military that is separate from police. If cops want to be like Army troops so bad then they should sign up for the military like every other soldier.
    —–take away all police immunity for a safer America—-

  • Common Sense

    RELEASE THE BEARCAT!!!

  • Alvin

    Nope. No police state here. And no evidence of one beginning here either. None whatsoever……..no none. Just the pillars of our society out protecting and serving us. Yep, they are just buttressing that thin blue line meme. No cause for alarm for us, the everyday working stiffs. No threats to us folks, nothing to see here, just keep moving right along.

  • Alvin

    “…..a vehicle that is defensive in nature” and then in the video “…we can fire from inside the vehicle”. Yep, defensive in nature. No cause for concern here. LOL.

  • Z-onLy-1

    Are you People Nuts!!!! How many active shooters have killed in malls, schools, etc. etc. Or how about Oklahoma City?

    There are many extremists like this group here that want to take power away from the people that are here to protect YOU. Lets look back to our own history when all the notorious criminals that used motified 1911 hand guns and Thompson Machine Guns. They used these heavy weapons at the time, to kill citizens as well as the police.

    How about North Hollywood Shoot out. I am sure the citizens that were shot and pinned down by two maniacs wished the LAPD had a MRAP.

    Why don’t you help solve the problems instead of being one!

    I fully support the LEO’s of our nation. If you think you can do better job the join them and show them how!

  • Z-onLy-1

    Also if taxes are theft…then you are stealing my air with every breath to take!

  • Keith

    Well 31, great blanket statement, and to be expected from a cop, but sadly, wrong. I know EXACTLY what these military vehicles do. The point is not the vehicle, it is the show of force it brings. And no, not all of us are hitting the bong, some of us just can’t stand you power hungry pig fuckers.

  • Keith

    …and p.s., the “1st”, “2nd”, etc… crap was huge on message boards…back in the early 2000’s. Grow the fuck up.

  • Z-onLy-1

    The site is good entertainment. Keith, yours words of wisdom are proof that cromagnum thinking still exists. The “outfit” is using the vehicle for “defensive” protection from bullets. Oh the insanity of it.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Z,

    I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that Cop Block (the site, and its “members”) has become a complete parody of itself. Instead of educating the public about the bad cops out there, they’ve become their own worst enemy and that makes me pity them even more than I do.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    15th!! Suck it t and JQP!

  • Keith

    ok 31, you got me. Not you and your cop buddies typing 1st, 2nd, etc… that is a joke, it’s us that can stand the corrupt cops like you guys that are the joke. Yeah, that makes sense. Retard

  • Alvin

    s’okay Keith,

    As I posted before, they and their families live here too. Sooner or later they will run into the same issues in their lives. As I’ve also said, I hope it isn’t against the law for them to complain about how their rights have been violated. What goes around, comes around as they say. And I’m seeing the beginnings of a course change.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Keith,

    This whole site is a joke. It’s essentially trolling itself and has turned itself into a laughing stock of the activist community. So since this site is such an enormous joke, some of us have decided to have fun with it.

  • Alvin

    Or, you could look at it that you are fomenting even more hatred and distrust of you badge-strokers. One man’s trash……. I’m merely pointing out that you are part and parcel of the very problem you so make sport of. Perhaps if you looked at things from a different perspective, you’d see things differently. Now, I won’t hold my breath for you to do so, folks like you will never change your mind until you yourself are the victims of that which you defend.

  • John Q Public

    31B, don’t hurt the copblockers feelings. you know how sensitive they are about their cause.

    Keith, the same could be said for you and Alvin and other knuckleheads… Grow the fuck up yourselves.

    The MRAP is not an offensive weapons platform as some of you knuckleheads think it is. It an armored troop carrier with a .50 at the most mounted on top, similar to the M113 with wheels instead of tracks. Its a limited use vehicle. Its not something that will be used every day. From looking at the photos of the one here, it appears that the .50 cal mount has been removed anyways. Look at the center of the turret. If you know what you’re looking at, its easy to tell. If the cops were getting M1s, Bradleys, or Strykers, I’d be worried.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Alvin,

    You’re very wrong about how I approach things. I generally take the approach from the other person’s POV. The problem here is that the key people of this “movement” do not take a cooperative approach but an adversarial approach. Instead of working with, they prefer to work against. Instead of a balanced presentation, they prefer bias. Instead of finding truth, they prefer to allow crap to be posted on this site. Nobody is asking any of the right questions from your side of the fence. “It was submitted! It must be true!” seems to be the mana of the admins and mods.

    So, it seems you’re wrong, Alvin. I do look at things from other angles. I make it a point to take in the totality of the circumstances and try to gather all the facts so I can see the bigger picture. You see, it’s easy to do when you don’t have any blinders on.

  • Alvin

    Wow, so, basically what you are saying is if someone doesn’t agree with YOUR world view THEY are wrong. Period. Yeah, I’ve read many a post from you that was “non-adversarial”. LOL. If you keep telling yourself a lie enough times, I guess you do begin to take it as truth. See ya ‘rond 31B. You truly are amazing.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    “…someone not reading the words written and inserting their own biases.”

    Good lord, Alvin. You need some serious help here…

  • John Q Public

    ^^^ Case in point.

    Here Alvin. Fill this out. It’ll make you feel better.

    http://www.photokami.com/Hurtfeelings.pdf

  • Alvin

    As I’ve said, you guys and your families live here too. Don’t expect sympathy when (yeah, I said WHEN, not If) you or your loved ones are subjects of the behavior you defend.

  • t

    Alvin.

    You’re right we live here too.
    Thats why I glad more departments have started to get better equipment to help protect my family from the idiots.

  • Alvin

    t,

    The important point you are missing is that the idiots are the ones being provided the MRAPs.

  • John Q Public

    Alvin, that’s not true. You’re an idiot and I bet you don’t have one. I think you’re just jealous.

  • t

    JQP: :).

  • Alvin

    t & JQP,

    Have either of you held a job where your employer isn’t the Govt.?

  • John Q Public

    Yes, Alvin. My current job is completely government free. I know you can’t stand that.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    Alvin,

    Better start the revolution or shut the fuck up. I’m still waiting……..

    Here lemme break it down for you: SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT.

    Oh……wait……. I get it…… You’re a follower.

  • Alvin

    Salute the flag all the way to your enslavement guys. I’m done with you.

  • ThirtyOneBravo
  • EvilRadicalDude

    ^^^^^^^^LMFAO!!!!!!!!

    Gotta admit, I’ve missed the humor this site brings.

    No, not from the comments. Mainly from the “journalism”.

  • John Q Public

    I guess we hurt Alvin’s feelings… :(

    http://www.photokami.com/Hurtfeelings.pdf

    This will make you feel all better.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    John,

    We need one for “really hurt feelings”.

    Can you find a flag with a fringe too?

  • Common Sense

    That’ some funny shit…

  • Z-onLy-1

    31,

    I don’t pity these people here. They are doing this to themselves. I do fear people that are as uneducated in a field and go out and pass judgement. I am sure that they have never served this county and if they have they were a defective!

  • Ghost

    .

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    That’s the most profound thing I’ve read from you thus far, Ghost.

  • Ghost

    I still don’t understand why LEOs and such come to and comment on a site that is so invalid. At all hours of the day and night. It’s certainly not for entertainment. I find many ways to entertain myself other than cyber bullying. I have to say it’s an eye opener to read the way LEOs really think of the public. LEOs have to realize that many people coming to this site,and many like it,are well informed, educated people that have indeed served this country. Your rude comments galvanize others opinions of you. Instead of explaining the need for an MRAP you simply start accusing people of being drug addicts. An extension on the war on drugs perhaps? I don’t know. Your opinions count as well. Your responses are here to read for ever.

  • Ghost

    And to make one thing clear. A 50 is a powerful weapon. Although the MRAP in question is not armed it can easily be armed. Not that I think it will be. It’s just troubling to think any department needs a vehicle like this. That’s what the Army National Guard is for in case anyone has forgotten. It’s a sad thing that the nuts out there that have gone over the edge make law enforcement think the need equipment like this. To be blunt about it. None of you have prevented anyone of these tragedies. An MRAP will not help after the fact.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    “Although the MRAP in question is not armed it can easily be armed…”

    Yes, and so can a skateboard.

    “That’s what the Army National Guard is for …”

    I’m sorry sir, but you can’t blow anyone away as I don’t see a reservation in the book.

    – or –

    Excuse me sir, but could you hold off on blowing everyone away until the National Guard get here? It shouldn’t be much longer than one or two hours.

  • John Q Public

    31B, more like a couple of days to get the governor to issue an emergency mobilization order, a couple of days for recall and equipment prep, and then, maybe the Guard will show up.

    Ghost, you’re right. It is troubling. With all the mass shootings taking place in this country lately, the police found that these vehicles may be the only thing keeping them alive.

  • t

    Ghost: Dude….very few “cop blockers” have any clue at all. They just repeat what they have been told….mostly to their detriment

  • Z-onLy-1

    Ghost, How soon do you think it would take for the National Gaurd to mobilize?

  • alex

    Lol an anti missile vehicle? Be knowledgeable on what you are speaking about or nobody in the know will take you serious. The simple fact that the vehicles armor could save a peace officers life is enough reason to have SWAT teams use them. Enough said. Stop being such a liberal hippie and understand its 2014. There have been IED schemes foiled in America. Bowling Green KY had two Iraqi men arrested that were planning to blow up a freeway. Would you of expected the ordnance team to use a cruiser and just walk up to it with no protection? You need to inform yourself prior to making such bold statements.