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Proposal to get rid of Bearcat vehicle voted down in Keene


KEENE, New Hampshire — The city of Keene, New Hampshire has had an armored vehicle for nearly two years, and some people still want it to go away.

The city received a federal grant for $286,000 in 2012 for a Lenco Bearcat. It would be used in emergency management and rescue situations.

WMUR-TV reports ( the proposal to get rid of the quasi-military vehicle came from City Councilor Terry Clark on Thursday. He said ever since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last month, and police responded to protests with tanks and tear gas, there's been a need to demilitarize local police.

Mayor Kendall Lane tabled Clark's proposal on Thursday, effectively killing it.

Councilor Phil Jones says even if Keene never uses the vehicle, it was a wise investment.

Information from: WMUR-TV,

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