In the United States, the police are the army of rich and little else.
As a reaction to the social changes of the 1960s, the oligarchy in the US needed both a police state and a private army to avoid any similar social movements from happening again. Because of these social fears, the normal police officer was turned into the warrior hero - judge, jury and executioner.
Police have never been the friends of the common citizen, but at least there was a balance in most communities. This balance was dangerous to the goals of the oligarchy. And here we are today with a open civil war in many communities.
So were we! You can find all of this, and more, on Fundies Say the Darndest Things!
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