DAVIS (CBS SF) — The Davis City Council has told the Davis Police Department to return its armored vehicle to the military within 60 days and to consider other alternatives for protection on four wheels.
Davis Police Department received the military vehicle — valued at nearly $700,000 — for free through a federal military surplus property program administered in California by the Office of Emergency Services.
It’s intended to protect officers at active shooting scenes or other dangerous situations. But some members of the community objected.
A petition is circulating asking the council to press the police to either get rid of or destroy the vehicle.
“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.
Out of the people who spoke at the City Council meeting Tuesday, only three voiced support for keeping the military surplus vehicle. Several said some type of armored vehicle is needed, but it should be one designed for civilian, not military use.