Marathon County, WI Uses Newly Acquired Military Armored Vehicle to Collect Debts

johngaltfla.com / by John Galt / October 27, 2014

Think that the sudden distribution of military type vehicles and armor to local sheriff and police departments was in preparation for a local insurrection or IED’s planted by seniors angry that the local Golden Corral buffet ran out of liver and onions? Think again as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, hardly a bastion of conservative reporting, decided to outline this outrageous story:

Armored vehicle helps collect civil judgment in small town

In the story by Bruce Vielmetti linked above, I would like for my readers to note this opening excerpt:

When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.

And an armored military vehicle.

Among other issues, the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., focused attention on the growing militarization of local law enforcement, particularly the use by even very small police departments of surplus armored military vehicles.

Marathon County sheriff’s officials aren’t apologizing for their tactics. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean said officials expected to have to seize and remove tractors and wooden pallets to pay the judgment — hence the cadre of deputies. He also said what while Hoeppner was never considered dangerous, he was known to be argumentative.

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