L.A.’s top school-district cop says his department will return the grenade launchers they borrowed from the Pentagon, but will hold on to the M16 assault rifles and the military-grade armored vehicle…just in case.

“We at the Los Angeles School Police Department would not utilize [grenade launchers] within a school environment,” Police Chief Steve Zipperman, head of the Los Angeles School Police Department, told Fusion in a statement. The three grenade launchers “will be removed from our equipment inventory,” he said.

But the department will keep the other equipment —61 M16 assault rifles and an anti-mine military vehicle— that they’ve taken on loan from the Pentagon’s controversial 1033 program.The equipment, he said, will be used only “under extraordinary circumstances.”


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