To counter terror, Europe’s police reconsider their arms

Police in France are demanding more heavy weapons after three days of terror attacks around Paris that left three officers among the dead. Two officers died Jan. 7 during the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper that left 12 dead — the armed police bodyguard of the editor, and a street officer who was among the first to respond. The following day, an unarmed policewoman was killed on the outskirts of the French capital.

Police unions met with top officials from the Interior Ministry, pressing for heavy weapons and protective gear, better training for first-responders, and more legal tools to guard against terrorists. Twenty people, including three gunmen, ultimately died in the attacks targeting the paper and a kosher supermarket.

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