What if we need MRAP?

By From page C2 | August 29, 2014

There have been several letters in The Enterprise questioning what use could the Davis police have for a “tank-like” Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle given to the police.

Here is one answer. It is contained in the California Supreme Court opinion filed Aug. 25, 2014, in the People v. Stanley Bryant, Donald Franklin Smith and Leroy Wheeler, Page 3. The court describes the houses where the defendants’ drug business were conducted. I quote:

“The family used a number of houses to prepare and sell drugs and process the money from sales. Typically, the houses were fortified. Windows and doors were covered and locked, metal gates with electronic locks and blackout screens were erected at front entrances to create ‘sally ports.’ Someone entering the house would be enclosed between two locked gates and unable to see further into the residence. Barricaded or reinforced locked doors inside blocked access between rooms.

“These fortifications were encountered during interdiction operations in 1984 and 1985. Ultimately, police served search warrants at several family houses. Service of the warrants required the use of various entry tactics. Sometimes a vehicle resembling a military tank would break a hole in an exterior wall so officers could enter.”

The houses the court describes were in Los Angeles County in the 1980s. Can we be sure that conditions as described could not be built in Yolo County and create a need for such heavy equipment?

Norman Roberts

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