Photo: police machine gun

Snapped in 1918, likely during the final stages of World War I, the NYPD proudly displays a Colt-Browning machine gun mounted to an Indian Sidecar. It’s thought the police were equipped with so much firepower in response to fears that German agents could engage in sabotage within the city or to an early version of the Red Scare prompted by the Bolshevik Revolution the year before. Of course, the cops could simply be enforcing alternate-side parking restrictions.

Photo: GG Bain/Shorpy

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