Canadian Police Forces Get Military-Grade Vehicles

"These sorts of toys do put the public in danger. They do escalate conflicts. They do create sort of an image problem for the police where they aren’t our protectors but they are our oppressors"


Sun, Aug 24th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the National Post, a growing number of Canadian police forces are receiving military-grade armoured vehicles. The RCMP stated that these vehicles are to be used only during “critical incidents” and “should not be deployed or used for crowd control.” Possibly due to the events escalating in Ferguson, not everyone is impressed.

“It doesn’t seem to me like a big step toward militarization of this organization. It’s just providing the basic tool that members need to do their job and protect the public,” Byron Boucher, an RCMP assistant commissioner, said.

He said five RCMP tactical armoured vehicles from as far as Ottawa were deployed to Moncton, N.B., in June during the hunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of three Mounties from the Codiac detachment.



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