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Deadline Mar. 23 To Submit Feedback On Armored Vehicle Purchase

The deadline is nearing for Bloomington residents to provide public comment about the city’s controversial purchase of an armored vehicle for the police department.

Residents have until March 23 to submit comments online or by phone.

The city hosted a series of public meetings about the purchase after protesters disrupted and ultimately shut down Mayor John Hamilton’s state of the city address last month.

Only the police department’s Critical Incident Response Team will use the vehicle. But critics question the need for the vehicle, and accuse the city of not being transparent about the purchase.

A city spokesperson says in a press release officials will consider feedback from the public meetings along with any other comments it receives in the next two weeks.

Mayor Hamilton will announce the final decision about the purchase by the end of the month.

You can submit comments through the city's website or by calling 812-349-3406.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

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