Nov 26, 2014 2:45 PM by News Staff
WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) - The city of Woodland will acquire an armored military vehicle rejected by the neighboring town of Davis.
The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday that the Woodland City Council voted 4-1 last week to take the MRAP, or mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle.
Proponents said the opportunity to pick up the $700,000 vehicle for free through a federal program was too good to pass up. Mayor Tom Stallard said it would give police another tool to keep officers and others safe.
Last month the Davis City Council voted to give back the MRAP. Mayor Pro Tempore Robb Davis said the vehicle risked eroding the trust the police department had built up with the community.
The Davis vote followed criticism of the use of armored vehicles by police responding to protesters angry about the shooting of a teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee
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