Compton Unified Police Chief William Wu argued for approval of the policy in front of the school district, according to KPCC, saying: "This is our objective — save lives, bottom line."
Wu said officers are improperly outfitted for situations such as terrorist attacks and mass shootings. While Wu acknowledged that semi-automatic rifles can be deadlier, he heralded their improved accuracy.
Some residents of Compton have voiced concern over the presence of the rifles in neighborhood schools, especially in light of allegations of racial profiling, KPCC reported. Wu said his officers "do not engage in racial profiling."
h/t The Atlantic