Plant City Slammed for Okaying Armored Police Vehicle

PLANT CITY — Police in Plant City found the funds to buy a $335,000 armored security vehicle but they don’t think it’s worth their money to equip officers with body cameras.

These choices, coming on the heels of an unarmed man’s fatal shooting by Plant City police, have drawn criticism that came to a head last week when members of the advocacy group Restorative Justice Coalition were removed from a city commission meeting.

The confrontation arose after a public hearing Sept. 25 on the annual city budget.

“Your community asked you for accountability. We asked you for transparency,” Justin Garcia of Plant City said during the hearing. “We asked you for funding for body and dash cameras and what did you do? You ask for an armored vehicle.” Read more