Monday, November 28, 2011

Tampa's tank won't roll in Charlotte

Tampa's "Rescue 2" could be utilized during the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Last month, Tampa police dropped eavesdropping drones from its shopping list for next year's Republican National Convention.

But the city's finest will have a tank - or what looks like one.

"Rescue 2" is its name, and it's officially an amphibious rescue vehicle. But, according to a report on Yahoo News, the city's Tactical Response Team rolled it over to the Occupy Tampa protest earlier this month.

According to the city's Web site, this armored personnel carrier is bullet-proof, weighs 12 tons, can hit 60 mph on dry pavement, can go through five feet of water and withstand winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

"It is virtually unstoppable," the Web site says, adding that it was purchased from the military with a federal security grant.

In case you were wondering, there is also a "Rescue 1," which looks more truck-like. Both vehicles were actually designed to transport people, and search and rescue during a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Still, they look menacing enough that any protester might think twice before going up against either.

And what about Charlotte, host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention? Is it similarly equipped? That's the question we put to CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano.

His answer: "We have no such vehicle."

For more on Tampa’s “Rescue 1” and “Rescue 2.

Tim Funk


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

F'in BadA&&, we need one.

Anonymous said...

we could use it to run over OWS hippies.

heavymetal said...

We do, in fact, need to secure the funding for one, but not necessarily for the DNC.
We need to have one here for next Memorial Day.
The heck with curfews.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess we know the next item on CMPD shopping list! As the great convention pis--- contest starts another round

Anonymous said...

We have two armored vehicles that are just as good that go by the name Bear and Dragoon.

Laser Guided Loogie said...

All governments will turn against their own citizens.

That is the indisputable lesson of history.

Think about that the next time you feel inclined to cheer on the police state.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a slightly modified M-113 Armored Personel Carrier. I guess the police will be asking for M-1 tanks and attack helicopters next. Purely for "public safety" of course.

Anonymous said...

Politicians are scared! The Police State has arrived to the USA!

Anonymous said...

I love how it is a military M113A - and they simply put a light bar on it, and slapped some paint on that says "TAMPA Police."

May as well have included some text below that saying "Eff You!" as well, LOL !!!!!

Anonymous said...

All it's missing is a swastika.

Anonymous said...

Remember when freedom was an actual concept and not just a word?

I'm glad I'm old. I sure don't like how our society is evolving.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile Charlotte PD will be armed with Charlotte's Hug-A-Thug enforcement policies when faced with DNC riots.

Anonymous said...

@November 28, 2011 11:31 PM
I don't understand the comment about the crooked cross and an armored vehicle. It is an armored vehicle. It has no association to the holocaust. It isn't even an armed vehicle

Anonymous said...

@November 29, 2011 5:16 AM
I'm glad you are old too. There have been armored vehicles since before you were born. Your commentary on the state of society really isn't relevant

Dave said...

Those armored police vehicles are crazy. It is amazing how many armored cars, trucks, and tanks are being purchased by local police forces. It is crazy to see them cruising around Orlando and throughout Florida.
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