The key to running a police state in which, under the best case scenario, the police are still exponentially outnumbered by non-compliant citizens playing the civil disobedience role, is to make improvements on your ability to round up and transport large numbers of protesters — criminalizing them in order to take away some of their rights and, in more extreme cases, their votes.
It ain’t black helicopters that are coming for us. More like the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle.
No longer will Passaic County law enforcement have to take separate cars to respond to a scene where mass arrests are expected. Now the sheriff’s department has a 16-foot dual axle trailer to transport up to 20 officers to parades, demonstrations, shopping frenzies or college parties that might get too rowdy.
The $130,000 trailer came from the state’s Department of Corrections through a federal Homeland Security grant, putting Passaic County on New Jersey’s Mass Arrest Response Team. That means the trailer will be deployed anywhere in the state where police need its size, flood lights and amplified speaker system to squash a large-scale public disturbance.
[my emphases] Now, I’m sure Passaic County is a veritable hotbed of street protests, just as I’m sure that, from an environmental perspective, massive police carpooling will doubtless help us combat the scourge of man-made climate change. So this makes a ton of sense, logistically. And if it proves successful at rounding up protester in Jersey, that means the DHS might just have to fund one 0f these bad boys for every major county in the country. Your tax dollars literally coming back to — and for — you!
I just wonder: does this giant trailer or enforced civic compliance come equipped with plenty of military-style features, including the deadliest of all weapons, the military-style assault rifle chambered in police-favored .223 Remington?
If only for the irony?
(h/t Dennis D)