The LAPD Bought Back ‘Rocket Launchers’ That Literally Do Nothing

Business Insider
December 30, 2012

 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa marvel at a badass paperweight

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa marvel at a badass paperweight
PHOTO: LA Weekly/Ted Soqui

When I saw “Rocket Launchers Turned in During LAPD Gun Buyback” flash across my twitter stream Thursday I had to check it out. It’s not every day that a rocket launcher is paraded around outside a military base, let alone by police who picked one up for a gift card.

So of course, I clicked and read the story, written by Dennis Romero at LA Weekly.

“Cops picked up two — count ‘em two — rocket launchers!,” Romero writes.

In the story, photos show the police chief prominently holding up an AT-4 rocket launcher, which fires an 84mm projectile and is mostly used in anti-tank operations.

The problem is that it’s not a rocket launcher. It doesn’t launch rockets. It is a field handling trainer, as illustrated by the band around it along with “TRAINER” emblazoned across the side. Trainer AT-4s are non-functioning props, used to show soldiers how the weapon operates minus the big boom.

It is, quite literally, a long, green fiberglass tube that does nothing.

Instead of a weapon, it’s a paperweight the Los Angeles Police Department acquired in an event staffed with public employees. The LAPD, and much of the media, kind of got punked.

Read the rest of the article.

TOR note:  “Cash for Clunkers” takes on new life with yet another gun buy-back program, where people apparently took their junk firearms and got cold, hard cash (perhaps to assist with purchasing new, better weapons).  Chalk it up as another government “success.” -DB