By Donald Gilpin
The Mercer County freeholders approved the purchase of an armored vehicle last Thursday, September 12, with Sheriff Jack Kemler emphasizing the need to keep officers safe and opponents warning against militarization of the police, erosion of public trust, and waste of funds needed elsewhere.
About 100 members of the public filled Room 211 of the McDade County Administration Building in Trenton at the meeting of the freeholder board, with more than 20 speakers voicing their opposition to the purchase.
The freeholders voted 4 to 2 in favor of the purchase for approximately $310,000, with Sam Frisby and Andrew Koontz casting the two negative votes. Frisby had declared earlier in the week that he would vote “yes,” but said that he had changed his mind after talking with many residents, especially from Trenton, who did not want the vehicle. more