AR-15 Rifles For Compton School Cops

Aug 28, 2014 by

The Compton chapter of the NAACP is demanding that the Compton Unified School District rescind a new policy allowing campus police officers to carry AR-15 rifles while patrolling school grounds.

Compton’s school board approved the new policy last month, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Campus cops who carry the semi-automatic weapons must receive special training first. Also, “carry” is a very strong word. School district officials have indicated the officers will actually keep the aggressive-looking rifles in the trunks of their patrol cars until some event arises in which the guns are needed.

Nevertheless, the NAACP strongly opposes the policy.

“Compton schools are not located in Beirut, Gaza, or Kabul. They are located in the heart of a hardworking, proud community in Los Angeles County,” local NAACP president Paulette Simpson-Gipson told the Times. “We won’t be satisfied until this decision is abrogated.”

School district officials have been tight-lipped about the new policy but school district police chief William Wu has released a statement.

“Compton School Police will be the FIRST RESPONDERS should there be an active shooter on campus. It is necessary that those who are entrusted with the safety of our students on campus have the necessary weaponry to defend the students and themselves,” Wu said.

“Our objective is quite simple — we want to save lives,” the chief also said. “These rifles give us greater flexibility in dealing with a person with bad intent who comes onto any of our campuses.”

via NAACP Opposes AR-15 Rifles For Compton School Cops | The Daily Caller.

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