Yesterday, the County of Humboldt approved the use of leftover Measure Z funds to buy a fancy new toy. A toy aimed at reducing the threat to the public as a result of active shooter situations like up in McKinleyville last month. (Yes, using Measure Z funds for threats to public safety may seem like a novel idea in the County – but it’s true!)
Of all places, KMUD has a great piece on the Supervisors’ decision to fund the vehicle at a cost of $175,000. Have a listen: KMUD: Shooting siege prompts funding of armored vehicle.
The KMUD piece notes that none other than Major Douchebag himself, Mark Lovelace, cites concerns over the militarization of the police force. And that good ol’ boy Rex Bohn didn’t like it one bit. Hehe.
The vehicle is none too cheap, but THC thinks most would say that such an expenditure is just what people expected their tax money to provide when they approved Measure Z. Of course, as the paranoid (and Lovelace) will remember, armored vehicles like EPD’s Mine Resistant Armored Personnel Carrier are trigger issues for people afraid of the militarization of police forces.
We personally are looking forward to when the Bearcat goes and cleans out some illegal growers, but that’s just us.
Of course, marijuana growers won’t like that.
Topically, we thought this memo passed around the City of Eureka, when the City Council considered letting their MRAP vehicle go, to be particularly interesting:
Excerpted from the memo: “The general consensus of the committee does support the acquisition of an armored vehicle to be used in conjunction with the Humboldt County Joint SWAT Team.”
Turns out that John Dalby and the rest of Chief Andy Mills’ brain trust/Chief’s Advisory Panel thinks the County needs an armored vehicle.
But what about you? Take the poll and we’ll compile the results from round Humboldt for you!