Michigan police trained to shoot and kill a disgruntled military veteran at the state’s Federal Correctional Institution this week as part of a multi-agency hostage drill.
According to the training scenario, a disgruntled prison employee who served two tours in Afghanistan had shot five prison guards before taking the warden’s wife and son hostage. Joined by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons Disturbance Control Team and the State Police Emergency Support Team, Michigan police, complete with an armored vehicle, arrived on scene to confront the veteran.
“This is the state police,” Trooper Rob Bow said. “The area is surrounded by police officers. You cannot escape.”
Police reportedly spent several hours using the scenario to enhance their communication, negotiation, forced entry and hostage rescuing skills. As the exercise continued, police unleashed an attack dog on an unknown man suddenly fleeing from the warden’s home.
Sometime later, the veteran, played by a bureau of prisons employee, could be heard saying, “ We’re gonna finish this. I don’t see a way out. I’m done,” from inside the home.
Police responded by immediately storming the warden’s home and shooting the veteran dead.
Speaking with Monroe News, state police Sgt. Aaron Hunt admitted that his team needed to improve their communication skills, but applauded their overall performance.
“It was a very successful training session,” Sgt. Hunt said. “I think things went very well.”
Dundee Police Chief David Uhl, who operated the MRAP armored vehicle during the drill, praised the federal government for giving his department the vehicle free of charge several months prior.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime to get a vehicle like this for Monroe County,” Chief Uhl said. “Any time you can train with this is a benefit.”
J.A. Dunn, executive assistant to the prison’s detention center administrator, admitted that such a scenario was completely unrealistic, but supported the chance for officers to train.
“In the unlikely event something like this was to happen we want to be ready,” Dunn said. “ That’s the whole purpose here; nobody expects this to happen but we need to be prepared.”
While police are expected to train for serious situations, the scenario clearly represents not only the militarization of police, but the continued demonization of military veterans.
As the federal government floods police departments with armored military vehicles, it also continues to label military veterans as a major terrorism threat.
In 2009, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to speak out against a report from the department that labeled returning military veterans as the number one terror threat.
Incredibly, the government’s anti-veteran campaign has even been forced upon children in the Boy Scout Explorers, who were taught to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” during a 2009 training session featured by the New York Times.
Given the fact that military personnel donated more cash to Ron Paul than all other presidential candidates combined in 2012, it is unsurprising that the federal government has trained police to treat Ron Paul supporters as domestic terrorists, revealed by the leaked MIAC Report.
Despite the fact that gun homicide has dropped nearly 50 percent since 1993, police departments continue to believe the federal goverment’s ridiculous claims of a never-ending domestic terror threat, allowing them to justify their continued militarization.