(Wisconsin State Journal) Not long after police used an armored vehicle acquired from the military to arrest a man authorities said fired an assault rifle at officers, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval poked his head inside a media briefing about the incident Thursday night.
"How do they like the tank now?" Koval asked.
"The tank" began its life as a mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle used by the military, but it has since been re-branded by Madison police as an Armored Rescue Vehicle.
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It has been the subject of controversy for months after the department accepted it as part of a military surplus program.