- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston City Council is holding a hearing to discuss Northeastern University’s decision to arm its police officers with semi-automatic rifles.

The council’s Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice is inviting members of the public to weigh in at Monday’s 5 p.m. hearing at Boston City Hall.

Some council members have said Northeastern doesn’t need rifles, adding that it failed to include the community in the decision. Boston police officials have also said the rifles are unnecessary.

The school says it told Boston police about the decision long before the recent outcry.

Northeastern joins more than 60 campus police forces that have rifles.

Northeastern officials say the rifles would be used only in the case of an emergency at the private university of about 20,000 students.

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