On January 27, about 100 citizens attended the Santa Cruz City Council meeting to demand the Council rescind its rushed approval of the Police Department's purchase of a fully armored vehicle, a BearCat. The Santa Cruz Police relied on questionable information about their need for an armored vehicle when they pushed the Council to approve this purchase, claiming it would take 3-4 hours for the nearest armored vehicle to arrive here from Santa Clara if needed. In fact, both our own Sheriff's Department and the Scotts Valley Police Department have armored vehicles that can be quickly deployed!
The police also kept news of their successful application to Homeland Security for this military style vehicle from the City Council and the Public for over 7 months! Because of this, the Council voted before they, or the Public had time to review all the necessary information to justify approving a quarter million dollar purchase, and beginning the militarization of the SC Police Department. Police departments all across the United States are militarizing their forces. Santa Cruz should not join this trend!
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