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What's a missile in this case?

Would you rather a cop grab a quick nap while not on a call if they're exhausted or drive around a two ton missile with a gun on their hip while half asleep.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

A two ton missile is presumably a jokey way of describing the kind of vehicle that some police officers use.

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Yep - definitely refers to the large chunk of metal called a police cruiser. +1 – Rory Alsop Jun 23 '12 at 19:43
Many of the cyclists I know refer to them as "two-ton killing machines." – Ward Jun 24 '12 at 6:10
Also cops can legally exceed the speed limit if needed, and high speed is a prominent attribute of missiles. – Paul Richter Jun 25 '12 at 5:16

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