Is it possible to get to a place where police officers serve as guardians rather than warriors? Sue Rahr thinks so.
If we believe 1950s TV and Norman Rockwell, the local police department in America used to be a friendly part of the neighborhood.
Over the last few decades, that's changed dramatically. Crime rates are at their lowest in decades, but citizen distrust of the police has never been higher. Police departments are increasingly militarized, with weapons that wouldn't be out of place on a battlefield. While many police officers are just and fair protectors, some officers are guilty of racial profiling that unfairly targets young black men. Many citizens feel as if they're more likely to see police departments protect their own officers instead of real justice being served.