- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A D.C. councilmember says city police officers “shouldn’t have guns.”

WNEW-FM (https://tinyurl.com/k9j7dnv) reports that independent Councilmember David Grosso made his comments Wednesday night at a hearing on the use of stop-and-frisk and other tactics by District of Columbia police.

Grosso said his staff has urged him not to express the opinion, but nonetheless, he said, “I think we ought to get rid of guns in the city and that police shouldn’t have guns.”

Democratic Councilmember Tommy Wells pointed out that some police officers in other countries don’t carry deadly weapons.

The hearing included testimony from residents who said they had been subjected to aggressive police tactics. Wells said he held the hearing in part because of high-profile incidents including the shooting of an unarmed teenager by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

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