Cops Cite Climate Change As Excuse To Get Armored Vehicles

Iowa cops said they wanted the armored vehicle because of climate change disasters, but are using it to serve warrants in black neighborhoods. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss on The Young Turks. Watch LIVE weekdays 6-8 pm ET. Read more HERE: "You know the saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste?” It appears that law enforcement agencies around the country have taken that famous Winston Churchill quote to heart. According to a report from HuffPost, police agencies have been using climate change and the looming risk of extreme weather and environmental disaster as a reason to add military equipment to their arsenal. HuffPost obtained hundreds of requests for armored vehicles sent by local law enforcement agencies to the Defense Department in 2017 and 2018. Within those requests, a trend emerged: mentions of outlier weather events, including catastrophic storms, flooding, fires, and other devastating natural disasters. Storms are coming, the requests reasoned, and police need to be prepared to deal with them. This is a drastic departure from previous years, during which the risk of extreme weather was rarely mentioned. So what changed? Well, for one, there was an adjustment made to the 1033 Program, which was created in 1996 and allows police to make requests for military vehicles and combat equipment, including firearms. Last year, though, Congress changed the language of the bill to dictate that “applications that request vehicles used for disaster-related emergency preparedness, such as high-water rescue vehicles, should receive the highest preference.”" *** The largest online progressive news show in the world. Hosted by Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian. LIVE weekdays 6-8 pm ET. Help support our mission and get perks. Membership protects TYT's independence from corporate ownership and allows us to provide free live shows that speak truth to power for people around the world. See Perks: ▶ SUBSCRIBE on YOUTUBE: ☞
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