A Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a highly desirable sports car, with its sleek design, powerful engine and quick acceleration. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida thinks so too. He recently seized a 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06 from a crime suspect. And in a major troll job, the cops kept it to themselves and wrapped it in police decals.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office shows off their Corvette acquisition
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office isn’t shy about showing off their police-wrapped Chevy Corvette Z06. There was a flamboyant reveal of their new acquisition. The reveal came during the “Dining for Deputies at Beef O’ Brady’s” event, as detailed by CarBuzz. Video from the reveal shows the wrapped Corvette Z06, complete with flashing lights and blaring sirens, stopping at the restaurant.
Sheriff Chip Simmons, standing proudly beside the Corvette, said, “What you are looking at is the newest addition to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office fleet. It’s a 2017 Corvette Z06.
In a possible attempt to mitigate any potential backlash, Simmons follows that up by saying “at no cost to taxpayers.” Additionally, in a Facebook post, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office wrote, “The new siding and upgrades were funded by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Foundation. This vehicle will be used to pursue community engagement like we have never seen and to recruit the future leaders of tomorrow.
Some community members are unhappy with the seizure of the Corvette Z06 and its new livery
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Although they stated that the seized 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06 would be used for community engagements, some members of the community are not very happy with the new acquisition. A common theme is that the ECSO should auction the Corvette. The ESCO could then use the money from the auction in beneficial ways, such as helping the police budget, community programs, and programs for the underprivileged. A local resident said, “The money would have been in the budget. Instead, it’s a pointless, flashy parade car.
Another controversial element of the seized Corvette Z06 is the contents of the package. In the video, Simmons highlights the ships on the side of the sports car. The ships pay homage to Tristan de Luna y Arellano, a 16th century Spanish conquistador. Luna served with Francisco Coronado, who in his conquest of Mexico killed many natives.
Can the police legally seize the Corvette?
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The seizure of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is controversial. However, the police can legally do this based on a premise called “civilian property forfeiture”. Civil asset forfeiture allows police to seize money, property and property, including the Corvette, if they believe it is related to criminal activity. In the Corvette’s case, it could be tied to criminal activity, as the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said it seized the sports car from a crime suspect.
A court has yet to convict the suspect. What if they are innocent and acquitted of all charges? We don’t know if they are really innocent or guilty. However, if he is acquitted of all charges, the police will likely have to return the Corvette. They will probably also have to remove the packaging.
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