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BEARCAT in Keene NH Mocked by John Oliver on HBO's Last Week Tonight

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Last night John Oliver, host of the HBO comedy program Last Week Tonight, focused on the current events in Ferguson, MO, where de facto martial law has been declared and the National Guard has been mobilized in response to citizen protests over the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man. But he made a point of commenting on, and giggling at, the fact that the quintessential New England town of Keene, New Hampshire, has its own Lenco BEARCAT (an acronym for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck). As detailed in a 7/30/2013 article by Radley Balko, ?We?re going to have our own tank,? Keene, N.H., Mayor Kendall Lane whispered to Councilman Mitch Greenwald during a December 2011 city council meeting. It wasn?t quite a tank. But the quaint town of 23,000?home to just two murders since 1999?had just accepted a $285,933 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase a BEARCAT, an eight-ton armored personnel vehicle made by Lenc

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