An Alabama mega-church, Briarwood Presbyterian, is inching closer to a state law that would allow its two campuses to have a dedicated police force of its choosing. The church has thousands of events each year at its schools and facilities, and a dedicated police force could be a better option than private security or hiring off-duty officers. Legislation passed last year but wasn't signed by the former governor. Opponents, like the Alabama ACLU, say the idea is a constitutional mess. Police officers represent the state and should stay separate from the church.
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