Here’s a candidate rule: any time you see an organization trying to enforce its own system of justice and discipline it is because:
When the media report on police crimes, they still use credulous language. What does that say?
Warning: Unsettling, Death, Gore, Cops killing people
What if your “good guys with guns” turn out to be the Keystone Kops?
It turns out that bad cops work well with other bad cops, encouraging misbehavior. Normally, I’d consider that obvious; it seems to be a general rule of organizations.
.. To slap a cop in the face, and get away with it?
It must be a constant source of humiliation for journalists that have to pretend to swallow something obviously absurd, so that they can appear to be impartial. As we’ve seen since 2018 that does not result in good public policy unless your idea of good public policy comes from a Monty Python sketch.
Everywhere I look, I see signs that the US has swung the steering wheel hard to the right, and is bumping and swerving into a deep, dark, forest. One with a big sign that reads “Danger, Keep Out” but has “MAGA” written on it in blood-red spraypaint.