The Cleveland police know one very important thing when battling criminals: It sucks to get out-gunned. Fighting an automatic rifle with a wimpy handgun is no fun. Sure there’s a challenge to it, but challenges are overrated, especially when it results in a bullet in your spleen or, worse, having to call those bastards from the SWAT to bail your ass out. SWAT guys luuuv to brag about their toys. And it gets annoying, watching them clutch their aircraft-grade aluminum receivers as they sight in criminals from the coffee shop three blocks away.
That's why, as the Plain Dealer reported this weekend, the CPD is pushing for a weapons upgrade.