The North Central Texas Council of Governments is sponsoring the Urban Shield this weekend to test the region’s ability to respond to terrorist events and other emergencies.
Does that sound reasonable and appropriate to you?
Some don't think so.
About 25 people stormed out othe Arlington City Council chambers Tuesday after calling the regional disaster drill a “militarization of the police.”
Staff writer Monica S. Nagy reported that, "the training exercises became controversial to some people after they learned that first responders in Boston had been through the training before the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing (shown in the photo here)."
“Our people should not be trained to do that," complained Douglas Bell at the Arlington meeting. "It is unnecessary.”
-- Bill Miller