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Albuquerque Police Department Considers Scrapping MRAP Armored Vehicle

• http://www.prisonplanet.com, Paul Joseph Watson

Albuquerque Police Department is considering scrapping use of its MRAP armored vehicle after a deluge of negative press attention and complaints that the vehicle is a sign of America's slide into a militarized police state.

The APD is already under intense scrutiny as a result of its officers being involved in the deaths of 27 people since 2010, including the shooting of 38-year-old James Boyd earlier this year, who was executed by Albuquerque Police Department officers for the crime of camping illegally on a remote hill.

The APD acquired the MRAP vehicle via the Defense Department's 1033 program, which allows law enforcement agencies to obtain vehicles previously used to hunt insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan for the cost of transporting them alone.

However, in light of a major ACLU report which warns that such vehicles are part of a transformation into militarized policing where Americans are treated "like wartime enemies," the APD is debating whether to mothball the MRAP.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Maye the fuel price and maintenance costs killed it.


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