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“If we have a Benghazi”: Texas Cops Cite Libyan Tragedy in Purchase of Armored SWAT Vehicle

Americans for Forfeiture Reform

The Montgomery County (TX) Courier featured this opinion-editorial today:

Recently approved by the Conroe City Council at a cost of nearly $170,000, the armored vehicle, manufactured by Fort Worth-based The Armored Group LLC, is built around a Ford F-550 Super Duty commercial chassis and a 6.8-liter, V10 gas-powered engine. It would be used to perform tactical rescues, as well for secure approaches to dangerous locations such as high-risk warrants by the trained 20 members of the CPD tactical SWAT team.

The BATT has firewall protection against shots or blast fragmentation, as well as interior seating for 10-12 officers.

“If we know people inside have weapons, as we make approach to the house, we will be in an armored vehicle,” Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis said. “If a member of the public is injured and laying in the open and the suspect is still armed, we have no way of rescuing victims (without the vehicle).”

While the situation never has arisen in Dupuis’ time as police chief and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office also has a similar vehicle, Dupuis wants one available to his trained officers at a moment’s notice, especially with the growth in the city and the increasing incidents of officer-involved shootings and other armed situations over the past few years in the growing greater Houston area.

The vehicle, which will arrive in February or March 2013, was purchased through asset forfeiture funds, which must be used for specific law enforcement purposes. While it can be used to pay for officers, the CPD already has eight “overhire,” or unfunded, positions out of its 118 full-time spots, and the asset forfeiture funds are not guaranteed to come in each year to offset those expenses. The CPD has been saving up for a needs-based purchase such as this, rather than have the money committed to unfunded positions that could be eliminated by lack of funds or milked away by overtime for specific initiatives.

The Conroe PD had nearly $400,000 in asset forfeiture funds saved up before the purchase. This is a forward-thinking, long-term move that could help protect officers and citizens in armed situations in the future.

As U.S. citizens debate the preparation and security before an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in September, Dupuis does not want that doubt lingering over his department.

“I hope we never use the truck,” he said. “But I don’t want to be the guy who said, ‘Boy, I wish we had purchased the truck because we needed it.’

“If we have a Benghazi, we’re going to need that truck, and we’re going to use it, because officer training is my No. 1 priority.”

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8 Responses to “If we have a Benghazi”: Texas Cops Cite Libyan Tragedy in Purchase of Armored SWAT Vehicle

  1. NC says:

    ““I hope we never use the truck,” he said. “But I don’t want to be the guy who said, ‘Boy, I wish we had purchased the truck because we needed it.’

    “If we have a Benghazi, we’re going to need that truck, and we’re going to use it, because officer training is my No. 1 priority.””

    OMG! This is completely ridiculous and has Dallas written all over it. If there is any city in Texas that represents the non-Texas folk or are viewed as outcasts, it’s Dallas. No matter what you hear from them, they are like the L.A. of Texas. Their liberal views are way out there and they think they own Texas, while looking down upon everyone else who are not like them. Everyone living outside of Dallas HATES Dallas because of this. I have yet to hear of one person who says they like Dallas. They give Texas a bad name. Only they would come up with an absurd excuse such as Benghazi in order to buy a tank.

    ““I hope we never use the truck,” he said. “But I don’t want to be the guy who said, ‘Boy, I wish we had purchased the truck because we needed it.’”

    And what makes you think you EVER needed it in the first place? When was the last time an invasion or a terror attack occurred? Are you stupid? Do you think people are that stupid to fall for your stupid excuse. Well…as I said before, maybe in Dallas, since most of the people living there are rich stuck up Hollywood types who look down upon anyone who is not as wealthy as they are. They are like the Shanghai of Texas.

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      Actually, he’s almost right, you know.

      Except that what we patriots are going to do to those traitorous pigs will make Benghazi look like a day at Disneyland by comparison.

    • US Marine Fighting Tyranny says:

      Hi NC,

      I can only hope that REAL Texans are completely appalled and furious with this!

      Not only is it a COMPLETE waste of money,… it is standing proof that what they are really doing is “Criminalizing Being American!”

      This is another “Brick In The Wall” (and an expensive one at that!) of the Total-Terror-Police-State!”

      Mao Se Tung & Stalin would be PROUD of the Conroe City Council & Police Chief Philip Dupuis,…. Total Tyranny carried out under the guise of “protecting”,… Classic,… just Classic.

      This vehicle,.. and anything like it has one intended use,.. and one intended use only,.. against Americans when they make their feeble last stand,.. if they even do that.

      NC,.. I expect that kind of treasonous garbage up here in Nazi-Jersey where I currently live (I was born and raised in a REAL state,.. New York), but I am stunned and amazed that people down in Texas have not had a lynching party for these traitors yet,.. and seem to be sublimely accepting it,.. like the rest of the sheep across the Former USA.

      JD – US Marines – Another Brick In The Wall Of Tyranny…..

  2. Yossi Levi says:

    Yeah – all it takes is a couple of eggs or paintballs and it is a sitting duck!
    170K brought to a standstill with a few cents!

  3. Richy Halson says:

    First of all Montgomery County is the biggest police state County in Texas. People here are not scared of criminals they are scared of the criminal thug cops, they are out of control and just do whatever they want. One thing is for sure the way they are harassing and treating everyone out there like the enemy, when the shit hits the fan all the armored vehicles in the world are not gonna stop the unleashed rage that they have coming their way. What goes around comes back around and it will come back like a deadly hurricane. People can only take so much abuse and harassment before they go off, and they are acting like they are trying to push people to that point. Like the saying ‘It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt’ It may be a sick sadistic fun game for them right now, but we are all waiting for our chance to play also…. If they knew how outnumbered and outgunned they were they might be a little more respectful. When the word goes out they will be overrun in one day, and all traitors and enemies of the people will be hung.

  4. Mike says:

    Great, more expensive junk that these dumb bastards get to kill Jon Q. Public with! A couple of molitov’s and it’s gonna be roasted pig for dinner!

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