NAACP, parents criticize Calif. district for allowing school police to carry rifles

Friday, August 29, 2014

Students returned from summer break to find the Compton Unified School District board had passed a policy allowing school police officers to carry AR-15 rifles.

Parents are angry they weren’t notified of the proposed policy before it went for a vote in July. At a conference Thursday morning outside district headquarters, parents and members of the NAACP decried the actions as excessive and unnecessary and demanded the school board rescind the policy.

Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu presented the idea to the board at a July 8 meeting in which he argued that officers were underequipped for mass shootings, possible acts of terrorism and suspects who wear body armor, according to meeting documents.

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