Locals Livid Over Scary “Bearcat” Armored Vehicle

BearcatThe Keene police’s acquisition of a “Bearcat” armored vehicle speaks volumes about how the police have gone from being thoughtful peace officers dedicated to protecting and serving the people to a band of robotic militarized marauders called “law enforcers” dedicated to caging peaceful people and protecting and serving the system.

The Keene Sentinel has posted letters to the editor recently from locals who are very concerned over this monstrosity:

Here’s one from Craig Dallas Rice:

Citizens deserve a say on police truck

“There’s something happening here;

“What it is ain’t exactly clear;

“There’s a man with a gun over there;

“Telling me I got to beware;

“I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down”

(Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”).

Homeland Security says we better beware. So do the Keene police. So does the Keene City Council.

But what do the citizens of Keene say?

I guess the City Council doesn’t care because we were not asked or allowed to discuss this at the City Council meeting where the council voted to get an armored truck called a Lenco BearCat Special Mission Public Safety Vehicle.

Is it possible that an armored truck could come in handy during an emergency involving armed killers? Bank robbers ready for a shootout? Driving up close to take a look at a suspicious package?

Of course it would. Of course they already train for these situations with what equipment they have now as well. If they need more they can call it in from somewhere else too.

These military-style vehicles are being used time and again to attack unarmed civilians all over the world by their own government forces (including police). There is an ever increasing military style of law enforcement in this country.

Remember Waco? Remember Ruby Ridge? More recently we have witnessed drones spying on U.S. citizens and heavy-handedness on the part of police during Occupy Wall Street crackdowns. Giving the police military style vehicles will only give them more excuses to use them in a military manner.

Once they have spent time and money training personnel on how to use this tactical vehicle, they will be itching to find ways to try it out.

I do not believe that we really need this vehicle in Keene. The Monadnock Region is one of the safest areas in the world. As it stands now, the police and rescue personnel do what they do with adequate and modern equipment. They can continue to improve the way they handle situations in the future without military-style enhancement. Policing will still involve the legal use of violence in some situations but if they need a tank or an airstrike, I guess it is still better to call the National Guard.

If we the people still have any say, I hope we will be heard to say no to the BearCat.

CRAIG DALLAS RICE

and another from David Crawford:

Keene does not need a tank.

I have had my ears and eyes open, and the vast majority of response to this tank we are getting is negative. It seems like the only people that were for it were the city councilors.

I call for a town meeting to reconsider this tank.

And a meeting where the townsfolk know about the meeting, and not one that is quick and barely publicized.

I am opposed to this tank, but if we must have it foisted upon us, I propose we immediately sell it to the highest bidder and and use the money toward the ice skating rink that has been proposed for the city.

We either get it and sell it, or we don’t get it at all.

DAVID CRAWFORD

and here’s another from Kelly Voluntaryist:

To Whom It May Concern / Keene City Council,

I write today with great concern in regards to the recent news that there will soon be a BearCat patrolling the streets of the city in which I call home. On December 15, the Keene City Council voted to accept a grant of $285,933 from the federal Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of a BearCat “Special Mission” Public Safety Vehicle. To clarify, a BearCat is an armored police vehicle which bears strong resemblance to vehicles used by the US Military in time of war. My first question is this: What rightful place could such a thing possibly have in the free, peaceful, society of Keene, New Hampshire?

According to police militarization expert Radley Balko, author of Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America (2006), which can be read in full as originally published by the Cato Institute (citation below):

“Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.

These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.” (http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/13673446)http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/13673446)

This is the future that the continued militarization of the Keene Police Department holds for the citizens of Keene. One only needs to watch the news or read a newspaper for further proof that a BearCat truly has no proper place in a peaceful society. As a government accountability activist in Arizona, I have closely witnessed the development of several up close and personal examples of police militarization and high level “government” corruption. One such instance took place when infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio teamed up with reality actor Steven Seagal for an extra special episode of Steven Seagal: Lawman, the actor’s current A&E gig. They raided the home of Jesus Sanchez Llovera because, as a chicken farmer, he was suspected of “cockfighting”, which is illegal in the state of Arizona. Seagal drove the MCSO tank into Llovera’s home, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. The Llovera family’s dog was executed in the raid, as were the chickens the raid was supposedly executed to protect.

Another example of the effects of a growing police state on a community was the murder of two time veteran and father Jose Guerena by the SWAT team in Tuscon, AZ. On the morning of May 5th, 2011, Guerena’s wife Vanessa saw men dressed in all black standing outside her home with automatic weapons. She screamed for her husband, who subsequently woke up and grabbed his gun, telling his wife to take their four year old son and hide in the closet. Unfortunately, the armed gang of thugs surrounding the Guerena’s home shot at him 71 times and left him there for dead; after surviving Iraq and Afghanistan, Jose Guerena bled to death on the floor of his own home, at the hands of his own government, as his wife and son watched in horror. The safety on his weapon had never even been deactivated.

Finally, one only needs to look at the violence initiated against the peaceful people at Occupy protests across the country for proof that militarization of police has no place in peaceful society. On the first night of the Occupy Phoenix protests in October, I along with a few hundred other protestors were directed to an enclosed park where we were told we could spend the night. As the evening wore on, we began to notice that the park was surrounded by hundreds of police vehicles and that police were setting up a tear gas truck. They had decided that we could not spend the night after all, and the incident ended with an army dressed in full black military gear and face masks turning off all power to the park and kidnapping 45 individuals in the dark. It was just as intimidating as they intended it to be and an experience I won’t soon forget.

Sadly, this is the reality of police militarization. It is also worth mentioning the question of who is paying for all of this? One only has to look at each and every one of their tax records to answer that. A large portion of the federal tax you pay goes to national defense, and is trickling down from the federal government to protect from “enemies foreign and domestic” thus initiating a war against anyone who is tired of having their rights violated, their freedoms stolen, and their property “repossessed” by the United States Government. The irony lies in the fact that we as a people are actively participating in our own destruction through both the legitimization and funding of our own slavery. As free human beings we have a moral obligation to withdraw our support of and consent to tyranny. I moved to Keene to escape the effects of police militarization and we must not allow this in our city! Personally, I neither support nor consent to a BearCat being driven through my backyard nor through that of my peaceful neighbors and I genuinely hope many others will join me in saying a great big NO to a BearCat in the city of Keene.

In liberty,

Kelly Voluntaryist

Seems the people of Keene know the police aren’t their friends and that it is they who are the greatest threat to our liberty.

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16 Comments

  1. Sorry David Crawford that the newspaper forgot to put your smiley face at the end of your letter.

  2. Typical from FK, representing the whole of Keene through only their own letters.

  3. One writer's letter mentioned that the Lenco BearCat has a turret for a machine-gun to be mounted to the top of the truck. Yikes! We don't need this "culture of war" coming to our city.

  4. “It is incredible how as soon as a people become subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and willingly, that one is led to say that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement.”

    Etienne de la Boetie

    https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources

  5. Four year daughter of Jose Guerena asked,’ Why did they kill my Daddy‘? She will never get an answer.

    One has to ask, are the LEO’s administrating violence under the effects of cocaine and steroids?

    http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2011/05/why-

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    "Why Did Police Kill My Dad?"

  6. I got your point "matt" you know my full name and you use a fake name…. got it…Thats your point right?

    Yes .:i put my name behind my words and you don't… that is your point right "matt" ? 🙂

  7. Yes "matt" I don't hide like you do … Thats what you were driving home there right? : That you use a fake name so the words you say can't be attributed to your name and face right?

    Ok GOT IT :you use a fake name and I don't … we are clear …

    You ,for some reason, can't stand behind your words.

    got it 🙂

  8. david, I think the point was simply that they forgot to put the smiley face on your letter. I mean, look at your last two posts. Time to calm down a bit, david. See the smiley face, be the smiley face. Don't just type it, live it.

  9. Ooh – hit a nerve david. Hit it twice I guess….once at 7:49 pm, then a few minutes later at 7:55 pm when you typed it all over AGAIN. LOL. These mucks know my name david – some of them know where I live – so sorry you haven't been paying attention. You have never answered my questions before about this hard on for what you term as "fake" names. Here mine is real – but you despise it because you think it is fake – yet will drop to your knees with mouth wide open for people with screen names that are not real just so long as they fit your agenda (lpviper, skeptikos, MaineShark, Ian Freeman, Ademo, Meg McLain, Sam Dodson – all "fake" names. Not that I care about them….just seems YOU do.

  10. Hey David, my name is really Enslave Keene but I would perfer you call me Al.

    And when that welly check dont come you can call meeeee allllllll, call me al !!!!!!!

    Na nanananana na na naaaaa na !!!

  11. Um, look, "david"…..

    If that "Lenco Bearcat' is a "tank", as you wrongly believe & write in your pathetic little letter, does that mean that you're a little faggot?

    It's built on a Ford F-550 chassis…

    **IT'S**A**FUCKING**TRUCK**, david, **A***TRUCK**…

    *IT'S* *A* *TRUCK*, ***not*** "a tank"…

    It is NOT a "tank"….

    just get it straight…

    OOPS!…you couldn't get anything straight, could you, "david"…

    still, it is NOT "a tank"….

  12. You dont know me "kok" : please dont act like you do. That includes saying "hi" on the street : WE CLEAR?

    If it was up to me you would be blocked from this site.

  13. http://tinyurl.com/Remember-Jose
    When the stormtroopers arrived shortly after 9:00 a.m. on May 5, Jose had just surrendered to well-earned slumber after working the graveyard shift at the nearby Asarco Mine.

    Jose, a former Marine who served two combat tours abroad, had taken that job to provide for his young family after mustering out of the Corps. Jose had devoted the last hours of his life to producing wealth. Meanwhile, his killers were planning to lay siege to several homes in the neighborhood as part of the Regime's Narcotics Price Support Program, the murderous charade sometimes called the "War on Drugs."

    http://tinyurl.com/Jeneral-Joe
    Nine Star 'Jeneral Joe' Arpaio

    http://tinyurl.com/7mh6bwp
    Steven Seagal & Nine Star 'Jeneral Joe' Arpaio* Raid Valley Home In A Tank.

    * If you raise chickens for eggs and/or food, you may be suspect!–especially if you have black hair and brown eyes….

  14. Be the smiley face, david, Be the smiley face.

  15. Pyotr, good observation. This is typical of Ian's deceptive tactics, he uses common assumptions to spin the truth. If you were to ask, just about anyone from around here, what "locals" refers to, they would state something along the lines of: "established people in a certain locality". Established, as in: having ties to other well rooted people, not: association with a vagabond gang whom just happens to live in Keene.

  16. Im starting a petition for the bearcat. already have alot of signatures and want to know if you'd like to help me or have any advice to give me. please contact me. this is obviously a problem.

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