Should local police be unarmed?

Mar 2012
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A city councilor in Burlington, Vermont, says the city should consider disarming its police force.

WCAX-TV reports that Perri Freeman says she’s researching law enforcement expectations and training. She says smaller countries similar in size to Vermont, like the U.K., Ireland and Iceland, function with unarmed police forces.

Burlington Police Officers Association President, Daniel Gilligan, says disarming officers is unrealistic.

Burlington Deputy Police Chief Jon Murad says the U.S. has a high rate of violent crime and that disarming law enforcement would put officers and civilians at risk.

Freeman says preventing violence and finding its root causes should be the focus. She says she hopes to bring the conversation to the policing practices committee.

Councilor in New England raises idea of disarming her city's police force | Boston.com
 

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A city councilor in Burlington, Vermont, says the city should consider disarming its police force.

WCAX-TV reports that Perri Freeman says she’s researching law enforcement expectations and training. She says smaller countries similar in size to Vermont, like the U.K., Ireland and Iceland, function with unarmed police forces.

Burlington Police Officers Association President, Daniel Gilligan, says disarming officers is unrealistic.

Burlington Deputy Police Chief Jon Murad says the U.S. has a high rate of violent crime and that disarming law enforcement would put officers and civilians at risk.

Freeman says preventing violence and finding its root causes should be the focus. She says she hopes to bring the conversation to the policing practices committee.

Councilor in New England raises idea of disarming her city's police force | Boston.com
Another Lib Daydreamer. The REAL issue here is to overturn the 2nd Amendment. Libs are sneaky. If they can't change BIG laws ,they just keep eating away like Termites until they get what they want. Libs have already destroyed the Nuclear Family ,God ,Christmas ,the Boy Scouts ,and the concept of a babies value. Now they want to disarm the police. What does a Cop say? Instead of "Stop or i'll shoot '? "Stop or I'll give you a ticket" ?
 

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Sure those countries function without armed police, but in those countries, every other nutter isn't armed to the teeth.
 
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Mar 2012
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Sure those countries function without armed police, but in those countries, every other nutter isn't armed to the teeth.
Another article:

"Patrolling a neighborhood or making a routine traffic stop is not the same thing as raiding the compound of a drug smuggler who has been accused of murder. Attacks on police are now less common than they have been in decades.

The best argument against what I am suggesting is, of course, that a heavily armed police force is necessary because ours is a heavily armed citizenry. But police do not routinely carry weapons in Iceland, which has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in Europe. It is easy for sociologists to argue that this arrangement is successful because Iceland is a "small, homogeneous, egalitarian, and tightly knit society." Could it be that it is somewhat easier to be homogeneous, egalitarian, and tightly knit when the most common representatives of the state's authority are not wagging lethal weapons in your face?

Police officers do not need guns
 
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