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Group Protests Concord Police Grant For Armored Vehicle

About a dozen people rallied at Concord City Hall Monday afternoon to protest the police plans to acquire an armored vehicle known as a Bearcat.

A former police officer, politicians and members of the Free State Project took the steps of Concord City Hall to fight Concord Police’s federal application for an armored vehicle.

Republican State Senator Andy Sanborn owns a Concord bar. He said the capital should focus on being a community, not on arming itself.

“Because if it’s a Bearcat today, is it gonna be a Peacekeeper tomorrow and then it’s gonna be nuclear weapons. I mean what does a small community of 40,000 people need in order to make sure our citizens are protected.”

The Concord School Board will hold a hearing to consider the Bearcat grant Wednesday and the City Council will vote on it September 9th. About 400 hundred concord residents have signed a petition opposing the Bearcat. Opponents plan to submit more signatures prior to the city council vote.

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