Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

By From page C2 | August 29, 2014

About the “tank” that the Davis Police Department has acquired: I believe I see both sides of the issue.

There is a parallel to a family owning a gun. On the one hand, its purpose is to be used only in a dire emergency, like a home invasion. It is kept locked up in a safe, and the hope is it will never be needed or used.

Likewise, I think the “tank” will be kept in a garage and likely will never be needed. Although it has never happened before, the possibility, however remote, does exist for a scenario where heavily armed criminals take on the police. We have had some pretty horrific crimes in Davis that no one thought possible. It happened in Los Angeles where the police were outgunned, and recently in Stockton.

On the other hand, sometimes the gun intended for emergencies only is taken out of its safe storage place and people in the family are hurt or killed. Likewise, I fear that the tank will be deployed inappropriately at some point and people will get hurt. Most Davis police are sensible people, but I worry that a gung-ho individual will misuse this thing.

We will need some stringent defining of what constitutes a scenario that justifies the deployment of the “tank,” if we decide to keep this thing.

Busting up a noisy party would not qualify.

Gabe Lewin

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