From YouTube, October 4, 2013:
Darryl W. Perry, candidate for Mayor of Keene, NH speaks about the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck.
In 2011, Ken Meola petitioned the City Council to let the KPD submit a grant application to Homeland Security for a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. Ken Meola told a Council Committee “it’s a little militaristic in appearance and perhaps aggressive looking.” After his presentation, then City Councilor, now Mayor Kendall Lane told another councilor “we’re gonna have our own tank.”
The people of Keene spoke overwhelmingly against this “tank” yet the Council agreed to let the KPD have their new “toy.”
My name is Darryl W. Perry, and I’m running for Mayor of Keene, NH.
If elected Mayor, I will put forth a request to the City Council to return this “tank” back to the manufacturer in Pittsfield, Mass.
Despite the claims by Chief Ken Meola, these vehicles are NOT for rescue, these vehicles are for offensive purposes. In May 2011 a SWAT team in Pima County Arizona using a BEARCAT busted in the front door of Jose Guerena, and within seconds opened fire, killing him, and not finding the drugs they alleged he had. This is but one example of the offensive nature of this machine.
Drug Raid Turns Ugly
Jose Guerena SWAT Raid Video From Helmet Cam