From John Tate:

Of late, there’s been a lot of chatter about the dangers of “militarization” of police forces.

Ever wonder when this started and where?

Here is a rare photo of a NYPD traffic motorcycle policeman on his Indian motorcycle and partner in a side-car. The date is May 18, 1918. Today many people are opposed to stop and frisk. Can you imagine seeing these guys coming at you?

[Editor’s note: Dig that M1895 Colt!]