At least one national law enforcement organization
believes Daugherty is onto something.
“I do not think it’s too much firepower,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations.
“It’s certainly a sound decision by the chief to equip the officers with better weapons to protect themselves and better protect the public.”
And in an ironic twist, Johnson said would-be targets of those AR-15s will appreciate the likely change as well.
“For me, if I had to choose, I’d rather be shot by an AR-15 than a shotgun,” he said. “It’s more accurate over a longer range and you can neutralize a threat without exposing them or officers to greater danger.”