Ed Schultz Hours Before Cop Ambush: What About Disarming Ferguson Police?

"What about just having them carry nightsticks and the authority to arrest?”

Just hours before the attack on Ferguson Police resulting in two officers suffering "serious injuries," MSNBC host Ed Schultz suggested a new policy for the FPD: disarm them.

SCHULTZ: What about disarming the police? What about just having them carry nightsticks and the authority to arrest?

Schultz said the right-wing might think he's crazy for it, and it would take guts to implement, but defended his idea by saying that some places don't arm police and manage to maintain law and order:

SCHULTZ: I mean, it would take a brave person to do something like that, but if you really want — there really are places on the face of this earth that there are police officers that don’t carry firearms...

I know the right wing’s gonna think I’m crazy for thinking, but if you really want change, you have to institutionally show it to the people that you want to do this. That would be part of a big social engineering project if Ferguson’s going to turn around. That’s how I see it.

Two police officers were shot during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday morning, one officer reportedly shot in the face while the other was shot in the shoulder. According to witnesses, three shots were fired from a hill behind protestors. One officer was hit below the right eye, the bullet lodging near behind his ear. Despite both having sustained "serious injuries," the two officers are expected to survive.

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