Compton School Police Getting AR-15s

"This is our objective — save lives, bottom line."

In July, the school board for the City of Compton in Southern California passed a measure that would allow the school's police to keep AR-15 rifles in the trunks of their patrol cars in case of a school shooting or other attack. 

According to KPCC, Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu urged the board to consider the proposal, saying that school officers are "under-equipped in the event of a terrorist attack or mass shooting." "This is our objective — save lives, bottom line," he said. 

Chief Wu argued that the current firearms issued to school police would not stop anyone wearing body armor and that an assault-style rifle would be "more deadly" and "more accurate."

A graduate of a Compton-area high school and founder of the Compton Democratic Club, Francisco Orozco, told KPCC that the "escalation of weapons" is "very unnecessary." He said school police should concentrate on the more likely scenarios of criminal activity on campus, not a potential future event. Orozco said, "The school police has not even earned the right to carry handguns."

The semi-automatic rifles are slated to be implemented by officers in September.

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