We see in Ferguson, MO the most recent application of LEO’s that are far more Weaponized than the normal police officer or even SWAT. This is the future.
What bothers me though is that the Police are getting these military grade weapons and armored vehicles without training for them. Sufficient training in the use and function, the training in when to use them. And a completely reeducation on THE CONSTITUTION so they know most importantly, when not to use them. I honestly don’t know any LE Agency that does enough training as it is, let alone enough to support this military grade hardware.
A Soldier will go to a School to learn to properly drive an MRAP, or any other vehicle in the Army’s Motor Pool. How not to cock up driving them. How to recognize problems, turning, clearance, normal stuff. But these LEA’s and only getting the vehicles and pretty much handing them over to the LEO’s. Cops go through basic law enforcement training…. Which does not include the operation of SAW’s and MG-240’s. Squad based maneuvers. LEO’s are not SOLDIERS. And when they dress like, act like, and think they are Soldiers, I can see that leading to problems that they have little comprehension on how to deal with. Such as an OPFOR that gears up and uses the military tactics against them. They are not prepared for that.
I see problems like Ferguson getting more frequent, and a lot worse.