So while the difference between the Syrian police and the American police is incredibly significant, it isn’t one of fundamental kind: the police do what the political class tells them to do, enforcing whatever order it is that the state deems legitimate.

Aaron Bady, Political Language on Police States and Political Language

(Photo: Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune, captioned “A Chicago police officer throws a punch at a protester who broke a stick over another officer’s head.”)


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