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Sheriff Buys Tank Because America Has Become 'A Warzone'

10/06/2014 11:31 BST | Updated 10/06/2014 11:59 BST

Sheriff Doug Cox from Johnson County has bought his force a tank, citing the reason for his purchase as being because, "The United States of America has become a war zone."

The metal goliath in question is a MRAP or "Mine Resistant Ambush Protected" tank and was originally deployed in Afghanistan as an offensive troop transport.

According to IndyStar Sheriff Cox managed to buy the tank for just $5,000, despite originally costing the US Army $733,000.

The MRAP weighs a massive 55,000lb and with no formal regulations in place about how to use it, Johnson County SWAT have been using it to do everything from breaking up fights between drunks to drug search warrants.

Speaking to IndyStar Sheriff Cox is pretty clear that as far as he's concerned, the MRAP is just natural escalation from the police force in the US.

"The United States of America has become a war zone," he said. "There's violence in the workplace, there's violence in schools and there's violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that's what I'm going to do."