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Petition to "Give Back the Bearcat"
by Steve Pleich (spleich [at]
Sunday Dec 14th, 2014 11:20 AM
Stop Militarization of Local Law Enforcement

On December 9 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a Resolution to accept a Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $251,293 for the purchase of a regional emergency response and rescue vehicle. The fact that this Resolution was passed without the opportunity for full and fair pubic comment is unacceptable. Many residents of our community are concerned that the acquisition of the vehicle known as a Lenco Bearcat raises important questions about the progressive militarization of local law enforcement and does not accurately reflect the views and opinions of the citizens of Santa Cruz.

We the undersigned call upon of City Council Members to join with their fellow elected representatives in Berkeley, San Jose and Davis in taking the principled stand to rescind the Resolution accepting the Homeland Security grant and "Give Back the Bearcat". We also call upon our elected officials to schedule a special session of City Council so that the citizens of Santa Cruz will the opportunity for a full, fair and transparent discussion about the issue of militarization of local law enforcement.

Why is this important?

Many small to medium sized municipalities are being progressively militarized through programs like the Department of Defense 1033 Program and are in danger of becoming agencies that adopt strategies to impose order rather than to protect the public order.

Dear Friends,

I just signed the petition "Give Back the Bearcat - Stop Militarization of Local Law Enforcement" and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Thank you!

Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It's really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

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To See the Official Community TV Version...Robert NorseMonday Dec 22nd, 2014 9:22 AM
When the BEARCAT leads to 'officer assisted death', whom is liable?GTuesday Dec 16th, 2014 10:56 AM
Great Video, Trenchant Commentary, and--Best of all--Street ProtestRobert NorseTuesday Dec 16th, 2014 8:56 AM
I'll sign the petition once they use it for aggression instead of defenseNot beforeTuesday Dec 16th, 2014 8:54 AM
Lane's LetterLane (posted by Norse)Monday Dec 15th, 2014 7:12 PM
And we need this why?SylviaMonday Dec 15th, 2014 10:28 AM
good work stevebbscSunday Dec 14th, 2014 9:56 PM
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