The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa Police Department have three armored vehicles between them, but leaders of both agencies say they have never been used here in a civil disturbance and likely would cause more harm than good if they were, Tulsa World reports.
“I stress that they’ve never been used in a crowd-control situation,” Police Chief Chuck Jordan said. “They’re not effective in that situation. Any type of protest or large-scale protest requires officers on the ground and face-to-face communication. You can’t hope to resolve something in a tank.”