squad car


Definition of squad car

: a police automobile connected with headquarters by a two-way radio

called also black-and-white, cruiser, prowl car

Examples of squad car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigator David Dalland described arriving at the scene about four hours later, and talking to Mattioli in a squad car. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suspended MPD officer bound over for trial in off duty choke-hold death of Joel Acevedo," 31 Aug. 2020 The boys were loaded into the back seat of a squad car. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Mother of Santos Rodriguez, a 12-year-old shot by a Dallas police officer, is not hopeful that a justice reckoning is coming," 24 July 2020 In the videos of the June 4 incident, the two teenagers can be seen walking down the middle of a road together before they are approached by an officer on foot and a second in a squad car. Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Tulsa police release body cam video of officers handcuffing black teenagers for jaywalking," 11 June 2020 The squad car’s number is clearly visible in one of the multiple videos that captured the incident. Zipporah Osei, ProPublica, "What Has Happened to Police Filmed Hurting Protesters? So Far, Very Little.," 29 July 2010 Detroit police officers in a squad car were struck Tuesday afternoon by a 23-year-old driver, sending the officers — and the three people in the other vehicle — to a hospital. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police officers, three others seriously injured in 'nasty' crash," 27 Aug. 2020 At 16, Powe was walking home with his best friend on a warm day in Philadelphia after playing basketball at a nearby school when two police officers pulled up in a squad car. Tatiana Sánchez, SFChronicle.com, "Does racism make us sick? Amid a national reckoning, the question gains new importance," 24 Aug. 2020 About 11 minutes into the video, a young man watched in disbelief as former officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane held onto an unresponsive Floyd stomach-down in the street behind a squad car. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Third body camera video in George Floyd killing shows officer pushing bystanders," 13 Aug. 2020 Brown, the lawyer, told CNN that the three teens were held in the squad car for about half an hour. Alicia Lee, CNN, "When three teens were allegedly threatened by an armed man, the responding officers turned their guns on them, mother says," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of squad car

1938, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Squad car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad%20car. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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