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PROVIDENCE, R.I. --Police departments nationwide are scaling back long-standing policies requiring officers to carry their weapons around the clock, and a civil rights lawsuit brought by the mother of a slain black officer could hasten the trend.
So-called "always armed, always on duty" policies require officers to respond to crimes even when they're not working, and keep their guns with them at all times. The policy has been blamed in recent years for the deaths of a handful of officers killed when their colleagues mistook them for suspects.
But supporters say the policy... Read more