Question of the Day: Is This What Cops Should Look Like?

Main Street, Herkimer NY (courtesy usnews.nbcnews.com)

Regular readers know I’m a little touchy on the subject of police militarization. As in I’m dead set against it. The proliferation of up-armored LEOs and the increasing use of these AR-wielding civilians for no-knock raids is a deeply worrying development. As for their deployment during “active shooter” situations—as in today’s multiple shooting in Herkimer, NY—why the hell are they wearing green camo? I repeat: the helmeted gun toters above are NOT National Guardsmen. They’re cops. Looking for a shooter. On main street. Shouldn’t they be wearing blue? More to the point, is this what we want policing our streets? [h/t Brandon]