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UC Berkeley Drops Plan to Buy Armored Vehicle

July 10, 2012  | 

The University of California, Berkeley Police Department will not acquire an armored vehicle that it planned to procure using a federal grant, after campus administrators and city leaders nixed the plan.

U.C. Berkeley police, in partnership with the Berkeley and Albany city police, planned to purchase a Lenco BearCat vehicle to protect officers and civilians in situations involving hostages or active shooters, The Daily Californian reports. Community members, however, were concerned the vehicle would be used to intimidate protestors.

The three departments planned to share the vehicle, with the U.C.P.D. maintaining custody when it was not in use. In a statement Thursday, U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Albany Mayor Farid Javendel said that the vehicle would not be "the best choice for a university setting."


PHOTOS: Lenco BEAR & BearCat In Action

Comments (8)

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michael @ 7/10/2012 4:59 PM

Welcome to the Peoples Republic Revolution or whatever they are calling it...........These fuc-ing Mayors and Chancellor are tree hungers and don't contribute a dam thing to society. They are sooooo Liberal here it makes sick............why would anyone want to work for these ungrateful scumbages.

Bic51 @ 7/10/2012 5:41 PM

I believe the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is available!

Frank @ 7/10/2012 5:49 PM

The rest of the story is the clothing budget has also been nixed. Starting Monday all LEO's will be issued Police Blue jockstraps and shower clogs as their attire until further notice.

Tom Ret @ 7/10/2012 6:55 PM

If the vehicle ran on algae that cost $50 a gallon they would probably go for it.

Tim in SAC @ 7/10/2012 7:53 PM

Not surprised in Berkeley. They are more concerned about maintaining an image rather than substance. No pursuit policy, no K9's, no use of the carotid even as a last resort to save your life. Have they started issuing foam batons yet?

Deputy Martin @ 7/11/2012 2:39 AM

It's time Berkeley starts throwing the potheads in prison camps. Anyone that disagrees with the US MILITARY should be executed. Why do we allow these anti-Americans to run all over us? I'm sick of the potsmoking drug dealers, let's stuff them in a cell for good to protect our children and pets.

Greg @ 7/11/2012 4:30 AM

Maybe if they painted it pink?

Jim Van Gorder @ 7/11/2012 11:50 AM

Berkeley....kinda says it all doesn't it? They would rather sacrifice the safety of police officers than "intimidate" protesters. Thank God I'm retired an I'm taking my tax dollars to another state.

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