NAACP Denounces Policy Allowing Compton School Police to Carry AR-15 Rifles

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A growing chorus of community members has denounced a new policy that will allow Compton Unified School Police officers to carry semiautomatic AR-15 rifles while on patrol.

The policy, approved by the Compton Unified Board of Education in July, allows officers who are specially trained to buy and carry the rifles while on duty.

The measure sparked criticism from some within the school’s community, who are weary of such high-powered weaponry on school grounds.

The latest rebuke comes from the Compton chapter of the NAACP, which demanded that the policy be rescinded.

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