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Should police be allowed to use surplus military equipment?

Cheap or free gear for local police? Sounds good to me.
No. Police are meant to serve the people, not to threaten them.
If they use it properly I don’t see any reason why not, but I don’t feel comfortable seeing cops with assault rifles.
Nothing says democracy like a bayonet to the butt.

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The following article was posted on February 5th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 28 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 28

Go all the way, San Luis Obispo!

B.E. "Billie" Jones - Southern California Edison Co., distribution coordinator, retired, San Luis Obispo

Congratulations to the SLO City Council on reducing the enormous electric bill at the Prado Road Wastewater Plant. However, with just a little more effort, that bill can be reduced to zero. REC Solar has solarized previously both wastewater treatment plants at the cities of Santa Cruz and Madera.

Our utilities director, Carrie Mattingly, knows the drill on these installations. She’s been there and done that. Rule of thumb: 20 acres of solar panels will reduce a $500,000 electric bill to zero. Add battery storage packs, and the city earns a credit. The power generated goes into the existing 12,000-volt grid and is used locally, further reducing the city’s electric bill.

There exists a huge pool of talent and expertise in this area. Why don’t we make the best of it?