Sheriff Purchased Tank Instead of Handguns for Police

Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

rockcountytankSheriff Robert Spoden of Rock County in a candidate forum argued that a tank purchased through the local 1033 program is necessary and that “It will pay for itself when it saves just 1 life“.

Many residents believe “The Tank” along with many other purchases was wasteful and over the top.  The 1033 program allows police to acquire military vehicles and equipment from the Department of Defense.

Sheriff Robert Spoden’s statement is the very reason we have law enforcement “to serve and protect”.  The police could spend unlimited amounts of money purchasing MRAP’s, LRAD, Bearcats, tanks, M-16’s, grenade launchers, Stingray Technology, Hailstorm, robots, guns and it could all fall under “It will pay for itself when it saves just 1 life“.

According to the Janesville Gazette the department has out of date handgun’s but opted for the tank instead:

“Sheriff Robert Spoden could have spent the money on regular pieces of equipment that deputies carry every day—handguns. It’s the duty of the sheriff to replace guns that are considered “old” by industry standards.”
rockcountyrobotJust over 2 weeks ago there was a joint purchase of a Bearcat by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Janesville and Beloit’s police departments along with a $20,520 robot for the Rock County SWAT team.

One concerned citizen commented – “We did not get a fraction of a percent safer by investing in a tank we were able to use at any moment of any day. The bearcat was on the way, we were safer already. ”

Law enforcement off military bases is the responsibility of a civilian police, not the military.

In 1878, the Posse Comitatus Act was passed. It limited the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement. The statute prevents military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress.

Are police in military vehicles and equipment one small step away from military being police?

The ACLU has launched an investigation into the militarization of our police.



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  • Doug Adams

    Larry, do you think that the police needs MRAP’s and APC’s? Do you think they need Suburbans outfitted by Dillon Aero? IF so, just remember that someday soon you will be facing one…..

  • Larry

    I ‘m not afraid of the police.I am former military and I am Not a conspiracy theorist.Law enforcement where I live still know what an oath means and they intend to uphold their oath to the 2nd amendment..If yours don’t I suggest you leave and find some who do.I have people in law enforcement in my immediate family and in the Militias.Sounds like to me you are the one afraid .Texans take care of their own.You should try it sometime.

  • 7LibertyForAll

    That “sheriff” obviously has no idea what his real job responsibilities entail. One of the biggest problems with any government “service” is that they have a bottomless pot of the people’s money at their disposal. Instead of coming to the people, hats in hand, begging for funds for legitimate expenses, they feel free to use other people’s very hard-earned money on whatever weapons of totalitarianism they desire. They dress up like storm troopers against…….who? The people, those who elected them and are their EMPLOYERS. What employees do YOU know go around acting like THAT and get away with it? Could YOU do such a thing at YOUR job and get away with it? Then why are they allowed to get away with it AND get paid royally for it…..?

    This shite must stop. They, the judges, the “lawmakers”–all levels of this illegitimate government have been served with lawful papers outlining what they are doing wrong, how they are committing egregious crimes against the people, and how to remedy it. Very few to none care to listen and obey the Law, the real Law, because it is so lucrative for them and allows them to crush the people that they ridicule because they are so uneducated.

    Folks, EDUCATE yourselves–the public fool system certainly didn’t educate any of us including those who would be the sheriffs and other servants. National Liberty Alliance will educate you for free at their site. Please join us in taking back our country peacefully. Let’s restore justice, honor and mercy. Only the people can save America.