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New Need For MRAPs In NJ In Wake Of Ferguson Shooting?

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The controversy continues in Bergen County over the Sheriff department obtaining a military MRAP or mine resistant ambush protected vehicle.

However, with recent riots and protests out of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a Caucasian police officer, the question remains whether or not there is a need for this kind of vehicle on our own streets.

Political Strategist Kellyanne Conway chimed in to discuss whether or not there is a place for these vehicles in New Jersey.

“Thankfully in New Jersey we don't have the situations where we need that type of equipment and that type of response. If any of our local communities here in New Jersey go ahead and get an MRAP, we are suggesting to the populous that we are or could be imminently in war situations, like we live in Benghazi or Baghdad, and we don't, we live in Bergen, Bergen is not Baghdad…And I think if we equip our local law enforcement with war-like military equipment then we are suggesting to the communities that we may be at war,” she said.

She also questioned at what level do local law enforcement stop investing their money into these large military weapons and start putting those dollars back on the ground and in the places where the population and residents feel like they are being most protected.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli released a statement expressing his continued concern for having these vehicles on the streets.

“These Tiananmen Square like tactics have no place in our society and when improperly deployed such as in Ferguson, cast an unfair light upon law enforcement,” he said.

 

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