It appears the bullshit of the "Thin Blue Line" is what killed Justine Diamond.
I had two uncles who were in law enforcement. If they ever drew their weapons (both retired long ago; one has since passed on) in the line of duty, I never heard about it. If they ever considered themselves part of the "thin blue line," or the guards atop the wall keeping the barbarians from us civilized Romans, I never heard about that, either. Knowing both men as I did, I can't believe they ever thought that way. Nobody did, back in the day.
Now we all know how "dangerous" a cop's job is, and how much we must excuse them when they shoot someone in the back, or a child with a toy, or a woman who approaches a police car she summoned with a phone call.
No, we haven't reached the point of excusing the officer yet, but why do I feel we will? I mean, why should it be safe to approach a police car in the dark of night in your pajamas? Police work is dangerous. They have to shoot first and take risks later. Isn't that what everybody says now? So who are the police on this "thin blue line" protecting, exactly. Seems to me they are standing on the wall and shooting in, at us. And all of us are guilty of being scary to the cops.
Somehow, much as I despise what Trump's appointees like Jeff Sessions are doing, I'm a little less worried about that Trump is doing to the country. He'll be gone in four years. This bullshit about police shooting first and justifying it later has been with us far too long, and yet I see no sign of it going away anytime soon. It is a matter of Black Lives Matter; but it's also a matter of letting any damned fool with a gun use it with impunity.
This has got to stop.