Police ‘Tank’ Spurs Wild Speculation at Occupy Tampa Rally

TAMPA, Fla. — The police department’s Tactical Response Team (TRP) rolled out a tank at the Occupy Tampa protest today at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown.

The purpose of the vehicle was unclear and its presence immediately sparked wide speculation among the protestors. I have to admit that when I first saw the tank, it felt ominous and an extreme measure.

The tank, it turns out, was actually a rescue vehicle. It does not have any weapons on it and the side is clearly labeled “Rescue 2.” Its full name is Amphibious Rescue Vehicle — “Rescue 2” and it goes by the nickname “High-Top Shoe.” Despite its somewhat menacing appearance, it is just a vehicle that’s built tough for transporting people in extreme conditions and circumstances. Read rest of story.

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