Local police forces evaluate equipment
The City of Ferguson has seen weeks of protesting and violence. Now Heartland communities are questioning if our police forces would be prepared if an incident were to occur here.
The Kirksville Police Department assures the community that they would be prepared. The department has crowd control equipment such as personal armor, pepper spray and tear gases. However, if an incident such as the Ferguson rioting were to happen here, the department would call in for backup.
"We are basically going to take steps that they took in Ferguson. We are going to be contacting other agencies to come in and assist. The Governors office is obviously going to be getting involved," said Lt. Mark Wellman, of the Kirksville Police Department.
Officers responding in Ferguson have been utilizing technology by wearing body cameras. Those body cameras would allow incidents to be recorded. A petition asking the White House to look into requiring all state, county and local police to wear lapel cameras has recently reached 100,000 signatures.