A thing about the people who will IMMEDIATELY just flat-out make-up scenarios to explain why it was good the police beat or shot someone don't actually believe it. What they believe is that it's good and cool to hurt people both in general and in specific groups.
Police are living their racist, violent, antisocial dreams and they're happy that it's happening in the same way that some people are happy to watch rapacious billionaires exploit and despoil.
In the same way that some people sympathize with the rich because they need to believe that can be them one day -- in the same way they see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires" -- some people think they are murderers who simply lack the opportunity to murder.
The people who fantasize about shooting or beating their exes (or their currents), the people who want to teach "those people" (for whatever value thereof) a lesson with a sack of doorknobs... they will be first in line to protect the police's right to commit violence.
You know the meme about how weird nerds will line up to defend Elon Musk from the tamest joke or mildest criticism? There are a lot of racist violence fans who are that way for police.
A journalist gets slammed to the ground for being a journalist?

"She should have thought of that before some jerk cut me off in traffic. That will teach her to have the cute barista not give me her phone number."

It's the stymied violent impulses of the cowardly and aggrieved.

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