Now, I’m not usually all up in arms about military activity in the homeland like a lot of folks are, but this has me scratching my head: Army Investigating How and Why Troops Were Sent Into Alabama Town After Murder Spree
Now, before we start worrying about tanks rolling into the neighborhood, these troops were MPs, not mechanized infantry. Yes, the laws apply to military police too, but let’s not go making this to be more sensational that it is.
Jim Stromenger, a dispatcher at the Samson Police Department, confirmed the MP’s presence in the town, telling CNSNews.com that the troops “came in to help with traffic control and to secure the crime scene”–and the department was glad for the help.
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls,” Stromenger said. “They weren’t here to police, let me make that clear. They were here to help with traffic and to control the crime scene–so people wouldn’t trample all over (it).”
The local department has only five officers, and all the available help from surrounding communities was already on hand. The oddest thing is that Stromenger claims his department did not contact Ft. Rucker or request any troops.
I’ll be curious to see how this comes out. (via Instapundit)