Police all over the United States have been trusted with military weapons. M4s and other AR-15 platform weapons are a common sight at departments all over the country.
Police officers carrying assault weapons and select-fire automatic rifles designed for the military has become such a growing trend with police departments across the country that there are very few departments where officers do not carry these weapons in the trunks of their cruisers anymore.
But how exactly are we supposed to trust these officers with these sorts of weapons when in many cases they receive little or no training with them. In fact, in one particularly damning example, a SWAT officer was photographed with his sight mounted completely backwards on his M4 assault rifle.
The $500 “military style” close quarters combat sight, in the picture above, is attached to rifle backwards.
The effect of mounting the scope backwards is that it is rendered completely useless. The SWAT officer didn’t seem to notice.
The picture made its way to the top of military Reddit along with an array of disparaging comments about militarized police who don’t seems to know their proverbial asses from their elbows when it comes to the weapons they are being entrusted with.
Below, you can see what the scope is supposed to look like when the sight on the right way:
If police can’t even figure out how to put their sights on correctly, it goes without saying that they should not be trusted with weapons which they are clearly not trained or proficient in the use of.
(Article by Jackson Marciana; images via EOTech)