Last month the beleaguered city of Detroit received a gift. Well, they didn't receive a gift. They bought it. Actually, the Detroit Police Department bought it for themselves. The DPD does have Detroit in their organization's name and they're way too excited about it in the way you would be if you received a gift. A $700,000 behemoth of a gift that even has a cute name: "The Bear."
“When we have officer or citizens pinned down, The Bear provides that adequate coverage because of its height,” explained Detroit Police Commander Elvin Barren. “The technology that’s on The Bear — we have cameras on there, we have a ram that can breach down doors and fences.”
Barren told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Mike Campbell it’s an important piece of equipment that gives the force “a tactical advantage” in barricaded gunman situations.
“We’re excited about The Bear!” Barren said.
The vehicle was paid with civil forfeiture money. The kind of money that law enforcement is trained to steal from citizens—like when Detroit police seized 44 cars at a party because alcohol had been served without a license.