One of the things that I noticed around the Montgomery County courthouses is how heavily equipped the local cops were. Given the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, more and more people are noticing the militarization of policing in America.
Don’t get me wrong. I think police officers should have access to whatever they legitimately need to do their jobs, but I’m uncomfortable in places where the beat cops are better equipped than the average soldier or Marine on a day-to-day basis.
After all, unless they get drafted or enlist, the members of police forces are civilians.
UPDATE—Most soldiers here in America don’t wear a full set of combat gear most of the time.