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

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Aurora police officers were conducting traffic enforcement in unmarked and marked squad cars near Liberty Street and Station Boulevard on Thursday, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora teens charged with breaking into vehicles at Fox Valley Mall," 10 July 2018 Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. Ivan Moreno, Houston Chronicle, "Bucks guard Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest," 19 June 2018 Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation became tense, the officer called more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers were standing around Brown. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown sues police for excessive force during stun-gun arrest," 19 June 2018 More than a half dozen officers were observed by downtown partons searching the area on foot and in squad cars. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Search for armed man prompts police to evacuate downtown Waukesha bar, close streets," 17 May 2018 After Brown tells the officer repeatedly not to touch him, the officer calls for backup, prompting at least three more squad cars and several more police to rush to the scene. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Milwaukee police stepped on Sterling Brown's ankle, mocked him, bodycam footage shows," 6 June 2018 By the time a stream of speeding police squad cars, fire trucks and ambulances arrived at the park Friday night and officers started jumping into the turbulent waves, 13-year-old Darihanne Torres couldn’t even be seen in Lake Michigan. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 State Police withheld the video captured from the camera in Bessner's and Berger's squad car, and also didn't provide dash-cam footage from a nearby Detroit Police car. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "MSP: Fired trooper tried to cover up ATV Taser death details," 17 May 2018 Activities will include a bounce house, music from a DJ, games and a chance to sit in some of the squad cars. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "North Aurora police to hold annual open house, picnic," 10 July 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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