Video taken by a local resident in DeKalb Illinois shows fully equipped militarized police training to storm American homes.
Ryan Scott, who filmed the event notes “If you’re wondering how your tax payer dollars are being spent in DeKalb Illinois, wonder no further. Up to 25 officers were training in condemned houses today on Pearl street.”
“Most of the officers were in tactical gear carrying battering rams, blast shields etc.” Scott adds.
“What was once the sleepy town of DeKalb is no longer sleepy. In this video, you can clearly hear an officer caution me to move away from the training location because they were using live flash-bangs.” Scott also notes.
“The training was being conducted in a residential area, with occupied houses residing directly next door to the “training” houses. Scott also reveals.
“This is the police state.” he concludes.
In the video, County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ryan Pettengell is heard explaining to reporters and other residents what is taking place.
The interview was posted by the Daily Chronicle, which also provided more details on the event.
“These are all houses that are going to be destroyed for development. That gives us the opportunity to come in and train in them. We’re doing search warrant entry tactic training today.” the officer declares.
The officer tells the bystanders that three houses are being used in the exercise.
“We try to make this as realistic as possible. All the officers are wearing the full gear that they would wear if this was a real situation. They are all carrying the weapons that they would use.” the officer also notes.
The superviser also reveals that role players and volunteers were placed in the houses to act as “the bad guys in the situation.”
“It’s very rare to get houses like this,” “I don’t know if we’ll be back in these houses again, we do different locations throughout the county.” The officer tells the bystanders.