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New Mexico's largest police department, mired in controversy over the use of excessive force, is about to supply military-style weapons to officers using taxpayer money.
The investigative team at KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned that Albuquerque Police awarded a bid to a local vendor for the purchase of AR-15 rifles -- the type of gun used to kill James Boyd in the foothills in March.
"You're asking for trouble, in my opinion," Peter Simonson, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Mexico said.
Simonson was unaware of the department's purchasing plans until KOB contacted him. He thought APD was moving away from using high-powered weapons after the Department of Justice said APD officers have a "pattern and practice" of using excessive and deadly force.
"The rifles were ordered as replacements for officers' authorized personally-owned rifles. They are being issued only to officers who are qualified to carry rifles and do not represent an increase in the number of rifles carried by APD officers."
What could possibly go wrong?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
The article points out, right at the bottom, that the rifles are AR-15 variant rifles, not the military grade M-16 rifle. These are the same as any civilian could go out and purchase. These, therefore, are not military style rifles.
originally posted by: Mamatus
It is just going to take the right guys family member to be hurt of killed by one of those thugs and being a cop there could become deadly quickly, rightfully so.