- MIAMI - Patrol officers here will have the option of carrying assault rifles as they try to combat the rise in the use of similar weapons by criminals, the city’s police chief said Sunday.
The chief, John F. Timoney, approved the policy last week, before a Miami-Dade police officer was killed on Thursday in a shootout with a man wielding an assault rifle.
“This is something we do not do with any relish,” Chief Timoney said. “We do this reluctantly.”
Interestingly, we've been hearing rumblings from numerous sources that the reason the Department took the Tahoes from the watches and gave them to supervisors is because there's a possibility of rifles being assigned to street supervisors. This would actually be a huge step in the right direction of insuring that appropriate firepower is available in a timely fashion.
Which also means we'll probably never see it while Daley is in office.