The Police: Federally Subsidized Fools

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 13, 2012

Late last year, the Montgomery County Sheriff?s Office inTexasannounced that it had used a homeland security grant to purchase a sophisticated drone from Vanguard Defense Industries. For PR purposes, the department offered the familiar excuses for this purchase ? namely, that it could help locate missing persons, or provide reconnaissance help in SWAT team deployments.

However, Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel hinted at things to come when he admitted that the department was looking into equipping the drone with rubber bullets and tear gas. After all, Deputy Daniels explained, rubber bullets and tear gas ??are things that law enforcement utilizes day in and day out.? That?s a perspective one wouldn?t expect from a constitutional peace officer, but one that?s entirely appropriate for a warden in a prison society.

Last week, the department held what was supposed to be a grand photo op to show off its drone -- but the event didn?t come off quite as it was planned. The $300,000 piece of federally subsidized hardware crashed into the SWAT team?s Bearcat armored vehicle ? which was also purchased with federal funds ? as combat-suited SWAT team members looked on helplessly.

There must be less expensive, and less dangerous, ways for the police to make fools of themselves.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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