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More than 400 Concord residents sign anti-BearCat petition

  • Pamela Ean, a spokesperson for the movement against the BearCat, addresses a small crowd from the Concord City Hall steps on August 26, 2013. About people seven gathered to wave signs opposing the BearCat and listen to remarks by Sen. Andy Sanborn, Rep. George Lambert and Free State Project president Carla Gericke. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Pamela Ean, a spokesperson for the movement against the BearCat, addresses a small crowd from the Concord City Hall steps on August 26, 2013. About people seven gathered to wave signs opposing the BearCat and listen to remarks by Sen. Andy Sanborn, Rep. George Lambert and Free State Project president Carla Gericke.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Pamela Ean, a spokesperson for the movement against the BearCat, addresses a small crowd from the Concord City Hall steps on August 26, 2013. About people seven gathered to wave signs opposing the BearCat and listen to remarks by Sen. Andy Sanborn, Rep. George Lambert and Free State Project president Carla Gericke. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Pamela Ean, a spokesperson for the movement against the BearCat, addresses a small crowd from the Concord City Hall steps on August 26, 2013. About people seven gathered to wave signs opposing the BearCat and listen to remarks by Sen. Andy Sanborn, Rep. George Lambert and Free State Project president Carla Gericke.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Pamela Ean, a spokesperson for the movement against the BearCat, addresses a small crowd from the Concord City Hall steps on August 26, 2013. About people seven gathered to wave signs opposing the BearCat and listen to remarks by Sen. Andy Sanborn, Rep. George Lambert and Free State Project president Carla Gericke. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Pamela Ean, a spokesperson for the movement against the BearCat, addresses a small crowd from the Concord City Hall steps on August 26, 2013. About people seven gathered to wave signs opposing the BearCat and listen to remarks by Sen. Andy Sanborn, Rep. George Lambert and Free State Project president Carla Gericke. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

More than 400 Concord residents have signed a petition against a city plan to acquire an armored BearCat vehicle with nearly $260,000 in federal grant funds, according to activists who protested outside City Hall yesterday.

“It is up to us to stop the bleeding,” said Pamela Ean, a spokeswoman for the movement. “The federal government will continue to spend money they do not have as long as local governments allow them to do so.”

The group said the 404 signatures were gathered during a four-hour period Saturday. They said they plan to continue collecting signatures until the city council votes on the issue at a meeting scheduled for Sept. 9.

The BearCat would be stored in Concord but used by the 20 member communities in the Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit.

A rally announcing the petition signatures drew seven people holding signs and denouncing the vehicle, and a handful of unaffiliated observers.

Cathleen Converse of Barnstead said she heard about the rally online, and though she opposes the idea of Concord purchasing the vehicle, she came to the rally with an open mind. “I didn’t know what to expect. I was very pleased. I’m very interested in what they had to say. I learned some things. I’m glad I came,” she said.

“I’m anxious to see the petition, and I’m sure every councilor will be interested in seeing it,” said Mayor Jim Bouley, in a phone interview after the protest.

He encouraged all citizens interested in the situation to call their councilors before the vote.

Earlier this month, five councilors told the Monitor they would support accepting the money, two said they would oppose and five said they were still deciding or did not give an opinion. The item needs support from 10 of 15 councilors to pass.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

people should lose their jobs over this

Where is the outrage that the tin horn police chief called the Tea Party a terrorist threat..........? What if he called progressives terrorists?

Where is the outrage that you call the chief a "tin horn police chief". You should be ashamed of yourself. Police put their lives on the line everyday for our citizens. Your colleagues should censure you.

Hang on there, Itsa. He also put the Occupy movement in the same box. I'd like to ask - can you explain why the outrage here is from the right - which used to shout "law and order" when it was the left - civil rights and anti-VietNam war activists - who were subject to police scrutiny (good old J. Edgar Hoover), but now shout bloody murder when the police identify some right-leaning organizations as troubling.

When a group's whole reason for being is because it is anti-government, is it any wonder the government should start planning for trouble.

It is our Constitutional right to protest if we don't agree with the government or polices of the government. Bottom line is that government is not an absolute dictatorship, we still live in a Constitutional republic.

Two wrongs don't make a right. Please stick to the point. I could say that you would have been "outraged" in those days but are not today.

Oh, and by the way, according to the reports in the Monitor, the Chief never mentioned the Tea Party. Instead, it was the Occupy movie, the Free State movement and the Sovereign Citizens. I know, picky, picky.

Occupy Movement. Curse you, autocorrect!

I honestly believe most of these anti bearcat people are NOT from Concord. Almost all the letters and these posts too I have seen are by people in other towns, even as far away as Keene, which already has a bearcat. If this was a real petition, these addresses would have to be verified. .

I honestly believe, if Concord residents think they need another paramilitary vehicle, they should have a bake sale rather than ask people from elsewhere to pay for it. I suspect that a reason people from all over are commenting is because this story is being linked nationally. People are watching to see if Concord decides to waste their money. Also, the petition strictly states "Concord Residents Only". Seems to me this will be easy to verify. No More BEARCATS

I am not from Concord and I am not for this vehicle for one reason only - if Concord wants it then Concord should pay for it. Why is the US ~$17 Trillion in debt, because every town wants the Federal Government to pay for all their wants. Concord wants to rebuild Main St. and rebuild Sewall Falls bridge (with bridges on each side of it less than 3 miles away) and they want every other person in America to pay for it. Now a Bearcat. I'll bet the months pay none of these would happen if Concord residents had to pay for them. SO, my address is in the United State and that is who Concord wants to pay for it so every signature IS legal. I thought Concord just passed a law against pan-handling from others.

Oh, this is a federal grant! It's free money! Wrong; they stole the money from you and me by way of the IRS, and now our wonderful, benevolent Home Land Security is going to give us and hundreds of other burgs a little kiss. If they only give away 100 of these things, it adds up to $26 MILLION. How much of this foolishness can we afford? If the City of Concord has a similar vehicle that is 30 years old and has become undependable, as they claim, and no one has ever seen this thing, perhaps, it could be reasoned, it has fallen into disrepair through lack of use. Therefore, we don't need another one! It is unfortunate the Concord Police Chief believes those who believe in frugal and less intrusive government are homeland terrorists.

I'm not from Concord, but wonder why the city is asking me to pay for this tank thing. If Concord residents really think they need this thing, have a bake sale or something. Don't be asking me for handouts

If the city has that much money to purchase a piece of equipment that appears not essential at this time, how about we get half a dozen Youth Officers that could assist parents with troubled and/or ill-behaved teens? Several years ago when I was having problems with my son, I called the Concord Police Department to assist with my son's behaviors. When they arrived, instead of assisting me, they intimidated my son with being arrested (at about 10 years old!) if they had arrived to the location before me! That was not the kind of assistance I was looking for and finding myself extremely appalled and irritated. Parents find themselves in dire straits when our children are obstinant, disobedient and/or disrespectful. While our mental health system has broken down as it has and many parents are frustrated and can no longer find the capacity or endurance to reprimand our children effectively, there comes a time when we need a little help. Having community youth officers could be a valuable alternative. So let's find ways to work together to raise our children to be respected members of society instead of kicking them out of the house before they have graduated high school and leaving them to fend for themselves in the homeless communities!! Honestly, is that so hard?

Petition states: “We, the undersigned residents of Concord, New Hampshire, hereby petition the City Council to reject the acceptance of the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. We do not support burdening the taxpayers of Concord with the costs of maintaining and operating such a vehicle, nor adding $258,024.00 to the national debt by accepting paramilitary equipment that the citizens of Concord do not need and cannot afford.” It can be signed online by Concord residents at NoMoreBearcats.com

Please consider this my signature on the petition to reject the purchase of an MRAP vehicle for the Concord PD. I am a resident and tax payer of Concord, NH.

Concord does not need 3 armored vehicles in town (it has one at the State Police and National Guard as well as many others throughout the State like Manchester, Derry and Nashua). Lets not waste $258,024. Petition for Concord residents only is at http://nomorebearcats.com/

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