25 Sep 2013

American Samoa Senator wants proposal to arm police carefully reviewed

10:17 am on 25 September 2013

An American Samoa Senator, Mauga Tasi Asuega, wants the Commissioner of Public Safety to thoroughly review his proposal to arm police officers.

Senator Mauga Tasi Asuega says he understands Commissioner Haleck's reasoning for arming police officers, especially in light of the types of crimes now happening in the territory.

But he says such a matter should be carefully reviewed first and he urged the Commissioner to make sure all aspects of such a proposal are fully considered.

Senator Mauga says he would support having a certain group of officers armed but he doesn't support an across the board arming of officers.