Boston City Council holds hearing on Northeastern officers carrying rifles

Boston City Councilors on Monday held a hearing on Northeastern University’s decision to have its police carry semi-automatic rifles.

The plan calls for 20 Northeastern officers to be trained to use semi-automatic rifles if needed during emergency situations.

Some council members have said the school does not need the rifles. 

City councilors say the hearing was to give the university the chance to share its plans with the city. City officials say the school never discussed the plan with city leaders or the community.

However, Northeastern says the hearing was unnecessary.

Boston’s police chief and dozens of Northeastern students showed up to express their concerns.

Northeastern will join more than 60 campus police forces that have rifles. 

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