Police funding is now more often used to to acquire military weapons/hardware.
"Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" is a highly recommended study of this problem.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko may be interesting reading for you.
I think that's why the USA is a police state instead of totalitarian utopia in that metaphor.
And here, it may seem strange but is actually logical that the thinking of real cops who don't shoot it out everyday seems to be driven by the images of TV cops who do.
This book is relevant here.
Radley Balko is a writer who's covered the issue thoroughly: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Warrior-Cop-Militarization-Ameri...
I just think it's pretty clear by now that the primary driving factor for police criminality becoming a political issue is that very many members of the socio-economic underclass now have internet-connected video cameras on them at all times.
If they're regulated, next time they drag someone off a plane, they'll say "We were just following the handbook and were in accordance with federal regulations. Take it up with the FAA"
So no, no need to regulate the industry.
Also, the body you want to regulate them (the government) routinely does much, much worse to people.
> No cop is going to look at me and go, "What a beautiful woman! Let's give her a pass!"
lol, it is amusing (and telling) that you believe attractiveness is the only the only factor.
>The fact is, most people who have a problem with cops when they are doing their jobs (or just existing) are fucking entitled idiots.
I have a problem with cops because I am ethically opposed to the Use of Violence in the enforcement of 99% of the laws on the books
Things like the War on Drugs where police murder people because they happen to have unapproved plant material in their possession. I am a life long Libertarian, I believe in personal liberty, and the Philosophy of Liberty.
I have followed, researched and studied police abuse and the Militarization of police for nearly 17 years
There is a SYSTEMIC problem in policing, it is not "a few bad apples" it is a SYSTEMIC issue, the comes as a direct result of the War on Drugs, and "Tough on Crime" bullshit coupled with Federal programs that give Law Enforcement tools of war to be used on the Streets on US Cities.
The Modern Police force today is nearly indistinguishable from a Paramilitary Organization.
Good for you that your Damsel in Distress routine has allowed you to get assistance from a Warrior Cop with out being Victimized, Shall I start posting links to all the abuse victims that were not as lucky?
Do you want to talk to the parents of the Infant that had his face blown off by a cop that literally tossed an explosive device in the infants crib? Was that just a "bad apple", the police dept did not think so because he is still on the job with no punishment at all
I am sure that baby was violating some law the warranted that violence to be visited upon him
I invite you to Read
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces
or visit /r/BadCopNo_Donut
https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1610394577 it's a really great read.
Radley Balko's book, "Rise of the Warrior Cop ", explains how the USA got to this awful situation, where pseudo-military special police teams are used all the time in situations completely different from those - like armed hostage-takers and body-armoured bank robbers - that were used to justify the creation of SWAT teams.
Indeed, the way to bust a drug dealer is to wait until he goes to the supermarket and clobber him as he gets out of his car, not to barge into his house, where he keeps all his guns, a-shoutin' and a-shootin' and pretending you're soldiers.