Skip to comments.Compton Officials Urged To Drop Plan To Arm School Police Officers With AR-15s
Posted on 08/28/2014 1:39:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin
COMPTON (CBSLA.com) Community leaders in the city of Compton Thursday were expected to demand officials rescind a policy that would arm school police officers with AR-15 assault rifles.
The Compton Unified Board of Education approved the Urban Police Rifle (UPR) policy (PDF) in June to improve security on campus by allowing specially-trained officers to purchase and possess the semiautomatic rifles while on duty, according to The Los Angeles Times.
According to the Board, the policy will provide a more effective means to protect the students, staff, community, and police personnel in high risk and/or dangerous situations.
Under the plan, officers who will take part in the UPR program will receive at least 16 hours of introductory training in the use of an AR-15. After that, participating officers are required to train and qualify at least every three months, according to officials.
But Compton NAACP President Paulette Simpson-Gipson and other civil rights leaders have complained to Compton School Police Chief William Wu that no amount of training can guarantee the safety of students.
Compton schools are not located in Beirut, Gaza, or Kabul. They are located in the heart of a hard working, proud community in Los Angeles County, Gipson said in a statement. My question to Chief Wu is Have you really thought this decision out? What gives you the right to endanger the children, the parents, and residents of the City of Compton?
A statement attributed to Wu quoted by The Times said, Our objective is quite simple we want to save lives. The safety of Compton school students, faculty and staff is our prime concern.
These rifles give us greater flexibility in dealing with a person with bad intent who comes onto any of our campuses.
The UPR policy calls for AR-15s to be used only in those situations where the circumstances at hand are beyond the capabilities of the standard patrol sidearms, including scenarios in which suspects utilize body armor or high-powered, high-capacity weapons.
Los Angeles Unified, San Diego Unified, and Fontana Unified school districts all have various policies in place for the use of police assault rifles, according to nonprofit group EdSource.org.
LAcounty schools? AK’s maybe a better choice.
Exactly. This is Compton.
Shouldn’t Security at least have better firepower than the ferals?
Believe it or not, I agree with this.
Rifles are not the correct weapon for schools.
Too much penetration and potential targets are only 50ft away.
They prefer 7.62mm to .223cal...
“Compton schools are not located in Beirut, Gaza, or Kabul.”
No they are not, they are actually far far worse than Beirut, Gaza, or Kabul.
Lot of N——s with Attitude in Compton.
I prefer 7.62 over .223 as well..
Who in their right mind would send their kid to a school that has to have security with AR’s or AK’s? Oh, never mind - I think I answered my own question.
I have never been in Beirut, Gaza, or Kabul. But I have been in Compton many times.
It’s nothing as bad as the Gaza or Kabul that are portrayed on the news today — or how Beirut was during the 80s.
The school in Newtown could have used an AR — and someone who knew how to use it.
I have seen CHP black and whites close-up that have ARs in the front seat next to the shotgun.
Give the cops Thompsond, M - 2’s, M - 1’s, or M - 14’s.
That’s actually kind of stupid.
What we’ve discovered through trial and error is that, in the case of something bad happening at a school, a good guy with a pistol right now is much better than 4 guys with rifles a few minutes from now.
If you give the resource officer a rifle is he supposed to carry it around on a 1 point sling all day? No, it’s going to be secured in his car. If something happens, this guy needs to already be resolving it instead of running out to his car for a rifle.
Whichever, let’s hope they aren’t issued those semi-automatic spray hoses that dimwit finesteam keeps yakkin’ about with her finger inside the trigger guard.
Amen, 9 mm or .380 good for close quarters.