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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Detroit council puts brakes on police bid for armored assault vehicle

September 29, 2005, 12:40 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- First there was the mayor's Lincoln Navigator. Now this.

The Detroit Police Department wants to use $743,000 seized from drug dealers to buy an armored assault vehicle.

But two City Council members are balking at the request. They're asking whether the department should be spending money on "The General" -- a 10-wheeled, 16-passenger, amphibious, war wagon -- when 150 of its officers are being laid off.

The vehicle -- land mine-resistant and tricked out with, among other things, periscopes and thermal cameras -- is no frill, an incensed police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said.

Members of the Special Response Team asked for a replacement for their 18-year-old armored vehicle, which is used in drug raids, barricaded-gunman incidents or hostage situations, she said.


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