This is an unnecessary escalation of the police state. Richland County South Carolina doesn’t need a tank with a .50 caliber machine gun. There are no heavily armed gangs warring and threatening public safety. Western Maine doesn’t need to prepare for terrorists.
This is just ludicrous. I challenge anyone to present a scenario in which police need silencers. Snipers! What world are these cops living in. I’d love to see just how many times a police sniper was necessary to resolve a conflict.
NYTimes: War Gear Flows to Police Departments