California police have been ordered to get rid of their recently acquired MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle used for war within 60 days.
The $700.000 vehicle was acquired for free through the 1033 program for Davis County. The United States government ordered 13,000 to many and are now giving them away to colleges, local police and even foreign organizations.
“I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it. I demand it!” shouted a man dressed in a “Tank The Tank” T-shirt, the station said.
Residents fear in the shadow of the Ferguson, Missouri incident, that the vehicles could be turned and used against them to quell protests. Others told NBC that the 2011 police response during the Occupy Movement was another reason.
“My understanding is that these vehicles were designed to help reduce casualties and fatalities among our military personnel in places like Iraq and Afghanistan where they were being blown up by mines and being ambushed… I don’t think these things are happening very often in Davis,” said one resident during the public forum, the NBC affiliate reported.
“There is a legitimate need, a very obvious tactical need for this vehicle,” said Police Chief Landry Black. Who is looking to find a more persuasive use for the vehicle to maintain it within the county.
Local council members agreed to meet with the police department and work on a solution in re-purposing the vehicle and will also take a closer look at the acquisition policy, the station reported.