@planetfunksquad: I completely agree with you that the true answer is heavy restrictions or full prohibition. Unfortunately, that is extremely unlikely to happen, especially in the US. Until that ever happens, however, it would be dangerous at least and completely negligent to not have officers in North America at least as armed as the general public. This is just the reality here, unfortunate as it is.
People complain about a militarized police force, which is a valid concern, but fail to recognize this is simply a reaction to a militarized public and other social conditions. The answer isn't bashing police, it's lobbying government for real and meaningful change to gun access laws.
It isn't that simple. Cops can on any level do their job incorrectly. With too much force, without regard for laws. We shouldn't act like they are perfect either and in some areas things could just be bad.
When there were the initial riots and demonstrations, police were aiming assault rifles at crowds of people. I don't see how that's fine. They aren't allowed to do that in the military when we invade foreign countries.
I hope we do in fact set up cop for video recording like has occurred in some cities. My only fear is "oh, the video went missing" type reactions because of what I see from the police in this country at times and in some areas more than others. And unfortunately yes based on race and class too.