Rather than freaking out with conspiracy theories of takeovers whenever a city buys an armoured vehicle for their police force why not just ask how they can justify the cost? Why do they need it?
Why couldn't that $half million go into something else for the police force (like body armour, better guns, newer faster patrol cars, etc)? Forgot the conspiracy theories and just ask why your city wasted the money instead.
There had to be a study or oversight committee discussing the purchase of the vehicle ahead of time.
It's time for people to take an active weekly interest in their local taxpayer paid services again.