The recent spate of attacks on police forces in the U.S. can be easily attributed to the public’s acceptance of the American S.W.A.T. team so many years ago. Since their initial appearance, those same costumes, weapons, etc. are being seen more and more on the streets without a second thought under the guise of “gotta be ready for them terrorists” bullshit.
Moreover, the returning SOLDIERS who leave the military for whatever reason sometimes find themselves jobs as “security” personnel, sowing overkill (sic) on the unsuspecting CITIZEN.
Bringing the war mentality to the American PUBLIC is now the new normal. SHOOT first, ask questions later. JUST in case.
The balance of power.
It’s no wonder the appropriate response, decades later, comes as BLACK MILITARY personnel push back against the racist cops a-la-Malcolm X and Black Panthers. Further escalation is expected.
You can only fuck with people to a certain extent before they will call you on it and kill your sorry ass.
Unfortunately, the police actually BELIEVE they are somehow protected by the magic law and order fairy. I spoke with one cop who was wearing a bullet-proof vest. So I asked him “what if they shoot you in the head?” No answer.