"You always hope that you don't have to use it, but this is becoming a fact of life," SWAT commander Lt. Joel Preston said.
Take a look at the Cobb County, Georgia police department's latest toy. Donated by the military, the Armored Personnel Carrier -- used by the U.S. Army in Panama -- holds up to nine SWAT commandos. Retailing for $500K, Cobb dropped another $45,000 to tailor it for police use. It can hit speeds up to 60 m.p.h. and has thermal sensors, computerized tracking, night vision, tear gas launchers and more.
Beyond the show room details, this stands as a visual evidence of the disaster capitalism and terror war culture we now must reverse.
slideshow: Cobb police get heavy armor (ajc.com)
(image: Bob Andres/AJC)