SWAT officers are often equipped with tools that police critics say should be restricted to military use. (Photo: File Photo)

SWAT officers are often equipped with tools that police critics say should be restricted to military use. (Photo: File Photo)

For many officers, Saturday’s attack on Dallas police headquarters was the latest proof that they’re under siege — and further evidence that they need more weapons to combat the threats against them.

But critics say arming officers with military-style equipment only escalates tensions in the communities they serve.

The public often underestimates the danger officers face, Dallas Police Association vice president Frederick Frazier told the Dallas Morning News.

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