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Defenses Up

Published Feb 4




When she added that Berkeley community members successfully pressured police to rescind its BearCat purchase, the audience clapped in approval.

Support for an armored car> in the city of Santa Cruz goes deeper than the police department or even the City Council majority, public records show.

GT has learned that USA Congressmember Samuel Farr wrote a letter of support for an armored car> in Sep 2013—15 months before the City Council first heard about the grant. Santa Cruz, Farr argued, has enough terrorist targets that it deserves its own armored truck for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive incidents—or a CBRNE Car> as it’s sometimes called.


Escalante had told GT that SCPD “borrowed an armored vehicle approximately 10 times over the last three to four years,” including when two officers were killed on Branciforte Avenue in 2013, although the vehicle arrived late.

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