I have no idea what could justify a K-12 school police force carrying long rifles, but apparently officers will be packing in Compton, California as children head back to school.
“This is our objective — save lives, bottom line,” Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu told the board.
Wu argued officers are woefully underequipped in the event of a terrorist attack or mass shooting, in which shooters increasingly wear body armor, which is not penetrable with standard firearms. He cited a recent FBI study that found that roughly 5 percent of mass shooters have worn such armor. Wu said that while assault-style rifles are more deadly, they’re also more accurate.
Just consider the fact that a school police force is worried about the penetrating power of their weapons.
This is America.