The most significant development in modern Western society is the development of the police state. Though this development has been altering into a para military operation with armored vehicles and automatic weapons its denied by the De Fact Government. It started with the segregation and the abuse of so-called African Americans ( Israelites and Moors). It was further reinforced in the 1950s with the rise of McCarthyism and the public purging of anyone that was rumored to be a communist sympathizer. However, there was public backlash and there were protests, sit-ins, and the civil rights movement began to take shape and soon, the retreat of the police state began- or so it seemed.
Beginning in the 1980s with the intensification of the war on terror and the subsequent introduction and expansion of antiterrorism legislation, the police state began making a quiet, yet swiftly steady come back. Instead of public purges, mass surveillance and interrogation have become the norm. Online monitoring, mass data collection, and video camera presence have become a part of our daily lives. However, this time there is no public outcry, no protests, no backlash. Instead, now we do not even flinch or give a second thought when we hear of the latest police shooting of a civilian. The police have become the judge, jury, and executioner.
This however, cannot be blamed on the individual police officers. They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, and aunts just like the rest of us. It is policing that is broken and is in dire need of reform. Police forces have evolved into paramilitaries. When shootings are occurring as consistently as they do, the debate is no longer about the few bad apples, its about the barrel as a whole.