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Compton school police now armed with AR-15 assault rifles


School police in the gritty Los Angeles suburb of Compton have been armed with AR-15 assault rifles.

Students heading to their first day of classes Monday were greeted with armed-to-the-teeth security guards after the city passed a resolution over the summer break authorizing police to guard the schools like Guantanamo Bay, KPCC first reported.

Authorities and school officials claim the move was in response to a recent FBI study showing that five percent of mass-shooters wear body armor. The majority of handguns cannot pierce bulletproof vests.

"This is our objective - save lives, bottom line," Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu told the school board in footage uncovered by AOL of the July hearing that approved the action.

Many mass shooters, including James Holmes and Adam Lanza, carried assault-style rifles and wore body armor, according to reports.

Assault rifles are more deadly because they offer a higher rate of fire with less recoil and more accuracy.

"Handguns you'd be lucky to hit accurately at 25 yards," Wu said. "With a rifle in the hands of a trained person, you can go 50, 100 yards accurately."

Locals from the community made famous by the NWA hit "Straight Outta Compton" were outraged after learning school police are now armed for a battle.

"This escalation of weapons, we feel, is very unnecessary," Francisco Orozco, a recent Dominguez High School graduate and founder of the Compton Democratic Club, told KPCC.

"The school police has not even earned the right to carry handguns" and should be more focused on day-to-day issues including a lawsuit filed last year accusing school police of racial profiling and excessive force.

"These aren't jails, they're institutions of education,' Orozco griped to the Los Angeles Register.

A local official disagreed, and said such action is becoming more common across the country. He also claimed to be unaware of discord between the town and school police.

"If there's an issue with Compton and how Unified School Police are engaging with the community, that should not affect their availability to tools that can save kids," Joe Grubbs, president of the California Association of School Resource Officers told KPCC.

Grubbs was also quick to point out the model of AR-15 being used by school police is semi-automatic and can fire only one bullet per trigger pull.

An AOL investigation found only one other school district in the nation that has armed officers/security guards with assault rifles – in Fontana, California.

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kulpw August 21 2014 at 1:00 PM

Leave assault out of the description of that rifle as that's a false Liberal term. Rifle's don't assault people, people assault with anything they can get their hands on.

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eaglephoenix2 August 21 2014 at 1:04 PM

It may sound extreme, but its not. Anyone who has been to Compton knows that. Gangs are rampant. And any person in a position of an authority, like a teacher, is a target if they attempt to tell one of these punks they are out of line. They take offense to everything. Let alone them getting into a fight and killing each other or innocent bystanders caught by chance.

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mvr1464 August 21 2014 at 1:04 PM

ironic, isn't it. the left coast state with the most gun haters has two school districts where the police are armed with the dreaded "assault rifle".

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sealtheborder12 August 21 2014 at 1:02 PM

Just like the National Association of Sheriffs says.......The MORE concealed carry weapon permits they issue......The LOWER the crime rate in that given county......Law abiding, trained carry citizen = lower crime!

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rbjrjr August 21 2014 at 12:59 PM

Armed to the teeth? Like Guantanamo? Come on. Who let's this crap get published ?
Nothing like hyperbole!

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dexrmerritt August 21 2014 at 1:00 PM

if you are going to be thugs at a high school then you get the thugs equalizer AR-15

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lv2213frs August 21 2014 at 1:13 PM

Compton is a hell hole. They need to take these type of measures there.

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buddwhyzr August 21 2014 at 1:27 PM

Just leveling the playing field.

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jcbstz August 21 2014 at 1:08 PM

So, this is where the liberal leadership has brought us to. Go Figure

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Brian Barrios August 21 2014 at 1:03 PM

Now we have Nazi Police in schools. Next you'll hear of police shooting children in schools because they felt "threatened" or come crap like that

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