This sleepy Northern California town received a free surplus military vehicle described as, "well maintained and low-mileage" and the Police Chief was ecstatic as he told the city council the $700,000 armored car is the “perfect vehicle to perform rescues of victims and potential victims during active shooter incidents.”
But the City Council wasn't quite as excited with this little gift and this is what the Mayor had to say on the subject.
“This thing has a turret — it’s the kind of thing that is used in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Dan Wolk, the mayor. “Our community is the kind of community that is not going to take well to having this kind of vehicle. We are not a crime-ridden city.”
The mayor added: “When it comes to help from Washington we, like most communities, have a long wish list. But a tank, or MRAP, or whatever you choose to call it, is not on that list.”
Here is the link to the full story that ran in the New York Times - 'Police Armored Vehicle is Unwelcome in California College Town.
The militarization of city police forces is really getting out of hand in this country and hopefully we will be hearing 'Just Say No' from more city councils in the future.