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Protesters Continue To Express Concern Over Armored Vehicle As Announcement Nears

Mary Catherine Carmichael, Director of Public Engagement for the city, speaks with Black Lives Matter activist Vauhxx Booker (Tyler Lake, WFIU/WTIU News)

Another small group of activists showed up at the Mayor’s Office Tuesday to advocate against the purchase of an armored vehicle for the police department.

Members of the group Bloomington Black Lives Matter have been protesting the vehicle for over a month. The residents spoke with city officials in the mayor’s office both Monday and Tuesday, voicing their concerns.

Organizer Vauhxx Booker says the group is using different ways to get their message across to city officials.

“We don’t want be seen as a disruptive force. We want to engage with our community officials,” Booker says. “We want to work in every avenue possible to make sure that we come out with an outcome that is best for everyone in the community.”

Black Lives Matters members also plan to protest at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.

The Mayor’s office is expected to make a decision about the vehicle by the end of the week.

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