Police receive backlash over armored vehicle
In the hours after Monday night’s City Commission meeting, where City Manager Chris Kukulski admitted he made a mistake by never bringing the grant application for the vehicle before the commission, the public lashed out online against the police department’s new 17,000-pound Lenco BearCat G3.
Some commenters went to the police department’s Facebook page, usually known for its campy morning posts, and chastised the department for getting such a vehicle. Others hurdled criticism over the department sidestepping the usual process to get it.
The hashtag #senditback was used by some. A satire Facebook page titled “Send in the Rescue Vehicle” was created.
Critics say it’s unnecessary and points to the militarization of local police.