Jesse Jackson against new police weapons plan

May 17, 2008 5:11:21 PM PDT
Rev. Jesse Jackson said Saturday that a plan to arm Chicago police with semi-automatic weapons will increase violence in the city.

Jackson was referring to a plan by police Supt. Jody Weis to equip all 1,700 patrol cars with M-4 carbines.

Weis says the weapons will help protect officers and that they are often more accurate than standard-issue firearms.

Rainbow PUSH Coaliton's Rev. Jackson, however, wants a ban on such weapons. He said he would like to meet with Weis and Mayor Daley to talk them out of going ahead with the plan.

"For them to get these weapons is to escalate the climate of violence and set the stage for a shootout, in which case, people not even related to the crisis would be victims of flying bullets," Jackson said.

Reverend Jackson believes more summer programs and jobs for teens would help reduce violence.


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