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FSRN UC Berkely Police Acquire Military Vehicles and Equipment

FSRN UC Berkely Police Acquire Military Vehicles and Equipment



a growing number of police departments across the country are building up Arsenal's of military equipment and many of them now own armored vehicles but the latest jurisdiction joining that list might come as a surprise the University of Berkeley California known as a center of anti-war activism will be sharing an armored personnel carrier with the City of Berkeley and adjacent town of Albany paid for by a grant from the department of homeland security FS rent Judith share reports at a recent City Council meeting residents and Berkeley council members said they were concerned police would use the armored personnel carrier to intimidate the public they pointed to the armored vehicle the County Sheriff's Department stationed at occupy Oakland made a demonstration resident George Wright says the tank could be just the beginning if only security can gift an armored personnel carrier camped a PDB gifted with another tank or to a fleet of drones or anything else they wonder need why why so that they are equipped to win a war against the citizens of Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan defended the purchase he told f sr n it would keep his officers safe especially when they face gunfire or a hostage situation we live in a very unfortunately armed society you have a country like the United States that has between two and three hundred million guns they're everywhere and our officers like employees everywhere deserve to be safe there's a limited number of ways to protect our officers especially when you're talking about from gunfire and however much I would love to have something that doesn't look military that still does the same job it is what it is that the equipment that is available to us is what we what we avail ourselves up I don't want to put our officers in harm's way unnecessarily if their job is to go into danger I want to make them as safe as possible council members said they likely could not refuse the vehicle since the police followed City rules which mandate public disclosure only when grant application require the city match grant funds but they can restrict its use by berkeley police and by university police when they patrol Berkeley streets some also said its use is of particular concern because of the November 9th beatings by University Police of Occupy Cal students and faculty Berkeley council member jessi a deghan we can give direction to our city manager and police about whether we will use it or not we could set a policy around the use of equipments we've done that in cases of whether we should use helicopters for police operations whether we should whether police should use pepper spray whether they should use other non-lethal munitions are again said he will offer the council guidelines on restricting use of the armored vehicle the Albany council hasn't publicly addressed the issue and most University students our way on summer break police chief mian said he does not know when the vehicle will arrive judith share FS are in berkeley you


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