Marinette county Sheriff Jerry Suave has succeeded at getting his department equipped with armored trucks.
The county board of supervisors rejected a proposal to have the proposed purchase of the Bearcat for $252,000 removed from the couny’s 2015 Captial Improvement Plan (CIP).
The sheriff and the Lt. told the board the need for the Bearcat was reinforced by an incident in the Town of Goodman in which a man from Green Bay was found dead in a wooded area from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after shooting at an Illinois couple and a sheriff’s squad car.
“This is serious business folks,”Suave said. ” We need this vehicle, the need for it is only going to increase the future”.
“I would urge you to support law enforcement. Please don’t vote against the Bearcat because you don’t think we have the need for it. This is not a want, we have a need for this. Every chief of police in this county is ver supportive of my initiative to make this reality”.
“These are the types of incidents that are a risk to citizens and law enforcement,” Ducane said. “We as law enforcement people get thrust into these situations immediately and frankly need protection.”
“We knew this individual (last Thursday) had a scope rifle in his vehicle. I don’t think anybody is this room, including myself, wants to walk into a heavily wooded area looking for somebody with a scoped rifle who’s already fired at law enforcement and citizens who are traveling through our county.”
“You (the sheriff) know I respect you and your department and I understand the safety issues,” said Just. “But we’ve got 118 people at Human Services that we can’t serve.
“They need attention, too. We all have wishes and I know this is an important wish. I consider this a wish and I just can’t support it. We need to look at things we absolutely need to have.”
“The need may be there,” he said. “My concern is what we owe to our constituents, that we’re obligated to serve some of their needs.
“I have not heard positive comments about the Bearcat since our July 14 Law Enforcement Committee meeting.”
“I think we’re a little ahead of our time in purchasing this,” Bauer added. “I think this is a want right now and not a real need.”
One problem is no one is analyzing the negatives that could come out of this.
What about the type of money being used on armored trucks?
What would they even use these for?
Would they use them against innocent citizens?
Anyone that’s targeted is treated as a supposed terrorist.
Coming from a citizen of Marinette I see no reason for this, it’s a waste of money and its just way to further the police state.