UMD students protest against M16 rifles, armored truck on campus
Horace Holmes / ABC News November 24, 2014
UMD students now have two reasons to feel unsafe, campus police armed with M16’s and nuclear material on campus. The idea that the campus police need to be armed with M16’s because of research material is absurd. And if they really feel machine guns are necessary maybe they should rethink whatever “nuclear material” they have there that requires putting young students in close proximity to war weapons.
““I go to college here at the University of Maryland and I should not be policed by people with M16s,” said Julian Ivey. “I don’ think there’s any reason to have an armored truck or shotguns on a college campus.”
The UMD Police Department has purchased nearly 50 M16 rifles and an armored vehicle through a Pentagon program that sells surplus U.S. military equipment.
Students marched to the school’s administration building to take their concerns to UMD President Wallace Loh. They were met by UMD Police Chief David Mitchell.
“We have the M16s because we have nuclear material on campus and by federal law, we must be armed with these … weapons,” he told students. “We only have the equipment we need to protect the campus.”
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