The actions are not new; what is relatively recent is the ability to broadcast the behaviour of police officers to the world. Like many, I’m reminded of Chris Rock’s “Tambourine” special: “I know it’s hard being a cop, but in some jobs, everybody gotta be good. American Airlines can’t be like ‘well, most of our pilots like to land’.”
This has never been a case of “a few bad apples” — a proverb that is too often corrupted by truncation because the end of that phrase is “spoil the bunch” — it is a case of a rotten system that has created domestic military forces with little accountability out of racist police precincts.
See Also: Carlos Maza.