Salinas Police Acquire New Armored Vehicle, Some Residents Outraged

Published by on December 27, 2013

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Police in Salinas, California are under fire after the department acquired a heavily armored military vehicle for SWAT team operations.

The $650,000 vehicle was gifted to the Salinas Police Department from the government through the 1033 program, which redistributes used military equipment to other agencies. According to KSBW, the truck was used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some residents are outraged and allege it is another example of the militarization of civilian police.

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