George Washington University will arm campus officers despite student protests, cites ‘rising gun violence’

The move is part of a five-part implementation plan announced Monday by the police department.

The plan also saw a revision to the university’s Use of Force Policy, which prohibits chokeholds and other measures that could restrict an individual’s breathing. It also details the “special circumstances” in which force can be used.

Supervisors who wish to be armed must complete “implicit bias training” each semester, “de-escalation training” once a month, “mental health response training” three times per year, a firearms qualification three times a year and virtual reality training once a month.

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