I spent 27 years in California and it never ceased to amaze me how ignorant most (white) people are about the low quality of US policing. Compared to Scandinavian practices, US forces are just thugs in uniform and there is such deep corruption and prejudice that officers who under different circumstances could have been valuable to the community either leave, get pushed out, or learn to keep their heads down and go with the flow. And thus become part of the problem.

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