Why does Ohio State University (OSU) need an armored military vehicle?
According to Gary Lewis, of media relations at OSU, the military vehicle will be used for “officer rescue,” “hostage scenarios” and “bomb evaluation” on campus.
Lewis told The Daily Caller that the military hardware on wheels is “an all-hazard, all-purpose, public safety-response vehicle” with “obviously enhanced capabilities.”
He was also excited that the vehicle has “extremely low miles and is in nearly new condition” and was “acquired at no cost from Military Surplus.”
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Lewis made no mention of people's concern about the militarization of campus police, but did add that the military vehicle has a “sniper perch” and is “for crew protection under threat of explosives and small arms fire."
Have any of those scenarios ever actually happened on campus? The OSU Police Division refused to answer questions, so no one knows.
Critics say the vehicle looks like an MRAP, which is built for surviving ambushes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“We are in the process of making it usable for our needs in an urban campus environment. Specifically we are removing the top turret and repainting,” added Lewis.
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There was no mention about how the vehicle might be armed, which should be of concern to students and faculty.
Source: The Daily Caller