Paul Craig Roberts published an essay today decrying the common phenomenon of police using overwhelming force as their first and only tool in responding to any emergency.
We made the same point here more than three months ago.
Not that it's an original idea. Cop culture has morphed into something quite toxic over the past couple of decades; not that it didn't always have an undercurrent of toxicity.
What's happened is that undercurrent has become the mainstream in police culture. There are endless dissertations waiting to be written as to why that's happened.
But a particularly intriguing angle might be to look at the dialectic between popular culture and law enforcement. The "entertainment industry" has been instrumental in preparing the American psyche for the police state.