Martinez not in favor of M16’s for school cops

Pedro Martinez is leaving the Washoe County School District before the end of the year but says he doesn’t believe school police should be armed with military-style assault weapons. The superintendent has had his contract bought out by the district. He tells the Reno Gazette-Journal one of the challenge’s facing his successor will be changing “the culture” of the school police force.
Specifically, he says they shouldn’t have semi-automatic M16 rifles. He says they should work collaboratively with Reno and Sparks police, not compete with them for firepower.