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Authorities Cancel Order for Armored Truck

The following statement about plans for an armored vehicle to be shared by local police agencies was released Thursday by the University of California, in the wake of criticism about the acquisition.

The following statement about plans for an by three local police agencies was released Thursday by the University of California, and officials from Berkeley and Albany, in the wake criticism about the acquisition.

Let us know in the comments if you agree with the decision.

The statement below regarding plans for the joint acquisition of an armored emergency rescue vehicle was issued today (Thursday, July 5th) by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, in coordination with the mayors of  Berkeley and Albany.

The University of California Police Department, in collaboration with the Berkeley and Albany city police departments, recently pursued a grant for an armored emergency rescue vehicle. Law enforcement’s interest in obtaining a vehicle that would protect officers during situations involving oncoming gunfire (or to rescue victims during such situations) – such as occurred at Oikos University in Oakland a few months ago -- is understandable.

However, the planned acquisition of the vehicle recently came to the attention of campus and city officials. Campus administrators evaluated the proposal and concluded that such a military-style vehicle is not the best choice for a university setting. UC Berkeley officials are in the process of canceling the order for the vehicle.  Officials in Berkeley and Albany agree with the University’s decision.

Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley
Farid Javandel, Mayor of Albany

Paul D July 05, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Excellent decision. Lets hope they forget about these military/homeland security corporate welfare scams completely.
Pwll July 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Yes!!!! This was a stupid idea to start with. What good would this vehicle have done at Oikos? The shooter was inside a building. This is just flimflam camouflage to hide the real purpose which was to use this vehicle against demonstrators -- who have never used guns.
Milan Moravec July 05, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Another in a line of 'stuped decisions' by Cal senior management Chancellor Birgeneau Provost Breslauer. With the recommendations of Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000 salary), Provost George Breslauer ($306,000 salary) allowed campus police to use excessive force - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Birgeneau‘s doubling of instate tuition. Birgeneau resigned: sack Provost Breslauer. Send a forceful message that Cal. senior management decisions are unacceptable: UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu and Calif. State Senator and Assemblymember.
Eric Bordax July 06, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Dang, that thing looked so badass though!
MYC July 06, 2012 at 08:02 AM
I heard they actually decided on one of these instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxqCX7sP4Co Costs a bit more, but who cares..
Don Ford July 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This would have been great to cruise around in up at Wolfeboro! We could have retrieved our targets on the range without ever calling cease fire to the kids.
Doctor Detroit July 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yeah! I can definitely see it 4x4 mowing down a couple trees on Thousand Oaks before taking out several tudors with its laser guided missle launcher.
Pennie Opal Plant July 08, 2012 at 12:36 AM
MYC - Hysterical....thanks for that!
Tatter Salad July 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I think it's a GREAT IDEA, only if it has inside a steam table, fridge, and microwave... you know... so they can sell burittos to help pay for the damn thing!
DS July 09, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Who in the police department thought this would be a good idea?
Alan Eckert July 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Anyone else see that Reno 911 episode where they buy the Hummer? That's about what I would expect with this vehicle, too.
tyranny response team July 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
citizens don't need theese to protect themselves from corperate law enfocernmen. the internet and cameras are more peaceful.

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