- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A group of Northeastern University faculty members are speaking out against the school’s plan to arm campus police with semiautomatic rifles.

The Boston Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1RiEjHL) that 60 faculty members sent a letter to the university’s president on Friday voicing concerns over the plan, which has also drawn criticism from students and city leaders, including Boston’s police commissioner.

In their letter, professors wrote that the risk for misuse likely outweighs the protection benefits that come from using semiautomatic rifles. They added that the rifles could make some on the Boston campus feel less safe.

The university said its police department has owned semiautomatic rifles for years but didn’t have a formal plan to use them until recently. Now, the rifles will be deployed in officers’ cruisers during high-level threats.

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