Maybe there’s a simple explanation I haven’t thought of, but do you find it strange that Chicago police officers have to pay for their guns? I mean, do baseball players have to buy their own bats? (Actually, I think they do . . . but still.)
At any rate, this nugget caught my eye in a Sun-Times story over the weekend about the mayor’s plan to arm cops with assault rifles: “Timing and logistics of the change in firepower have not yet been ironed out. First, the weapons must be purchased – and it’s not yet clear who is going to pay. Officers currently choose from a list of authorized handguns and pay out of their own pockets.”
Meanwhile, the paper also notes that officers will have to be trained to use the new assault weapons, saying that it would be a “logistical nightmare” to send large numbers of the force back to the academy. And who would get the guns and under what circumstances would they be approved for use? This proposal may have a long way to go. Or maybe it’s more of a scare tactic than a policing strategy.