“If you look at how many shooting a specialized unit like SWAT or something gets involved in it’s really small. … They are all caught by first responders, guys that are on the scene, guys that pulled them over for some kind of traffic thing. So it’s logical that the rifle should be in the black and white, right there at the scene.” — Michael Grasso
It’s Hollywood, baby. And Hollywood has come to Ballistic Radio! Michael Grasso, retired Los Angeles police officer, joins the show in studio to discuss the North Hollywood Shootout and how it changed the face of law enforcement across the country by highlighting the need for a patrol rifle program. Grasso discusses the common errors in thinking that many police agencies face and what kind of events help change how police are equipped and trained. He discusses the so-called “militarization” of the modern-day police officer and how their interactions with civilians color perception vs reality. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more entertaining, Grasso shares a few tales from his days working with Hollywood super stars.