The police department of Coon Rapids,
MI MN (population 61,476) is getting sixty M16A1 assault rifles (the real, military selective-fire versions capable of unleashing bursts of bullets) from the Department of Defense.
Half of the weapons will go into the cars of patrol officers and detectives.
Can someone explain to me why officers of an affluent (medium household income, $55,550), peaceful ( just 5 murders between 2000-2010) suburb should equip their sure-to-be-undertrained officers with machine guns for street patrol?
Are they anticipating lutefisk riots?