An eastern Iowa police department is looking to purchase assault rifles for its officers on the street.
The city of Marion, a suburb of Cedar Rapids, is considering purchasing semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifles for its officers on the streets.
Currently, only members of the Marion SWAT team carry these weapons.
The Marion police chief says it’s because these are the same weapons being used by the suspects in recent mass shootings.
“For me is protection of the citizens and protection of my officers and this is the best way to do that because right now they’re going in there with a sidearm and maybe a shotgun and the assailant usually has an assault weapon and that’s no match, “ says Chief Harry Daugherty.
The police officers will be properly trained on the weapons and the officers are taking a pay deduction to purchase these weapons.