NFL Bars Off-Duty Cops from Carrying Guns into Stadiums
The National Football League has implemented a new stadium policy that would ban off-duty police officers from carrying guns into games. Cleveland’s police union president worried the policy would stop officers from assisting if a dangerous situation arose.
Off-duty police officers often will carry their weapons on them, according to the union president, because “when we walk through city streets, we’re police officers too” and “you never know what’s going to happen, or when it’s going to happen,” he said.
The head of NFL security, on the other hand, said that “the likelihood there’s a need for the use of deadly force by an off-duty officer is extremely remote.”
The new policy will only permit law enforcement assigned to work at the stadiums as well as private security contracted by the teams to carry guns.