LAUSD Police to Give Up Grenade Launchers But Not MRAP
LAUSD has some explaining to do. What is the scenario for using the MRAP? Where is it in emergency plans? How much does it cost to maintain, and will it get to any emergency faster than LAPD or LAUSD special units? Sixty one rifles. For how many officers?!
Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools.
The Los Angeles School Police Department, which serves the nation’s second-largest school system, will return three grenade launchers but intends to keep 61 rifles and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle it received through the program.