Several people have brought this up, but, in the context of (disorder following the shooting of Michael Brown). But, it really is a much broader issue. You've seen it, I've seen it, in my own formerly sedate community. The militarization, the over-reaction to every incident that become large. For the first time that I can remember, I find that I am agreeing with Rand Paul: http://time.com/3111474/rand-paul-ferguson-police/ I also wonder how much this is costing us taxpayers -- the care and maintenance of military gear -- that could have been spent on community-based policing instead? Does every police department need to become the National Guard? We already have the Guard for those instances when rioting threatens to become insurrection.