I see some dude named "Dissent" has a streak of "police state" threads remaining, so I'm sure my rebuttal will be allowed. Well, all the Ron Paul junior anarchists have joined the cop-hater crowd. No surprise there. What is a surprise is just how fucking stupid they are when talking about a "police state". They have no damn clue. For one, 99% of the anti-coppers have absolutely NO CLUE about the realities of law enforcement and what it takes to keep 300,000,000 very diverse, very opinionated, very emotional....and heavily armed....people in a state of stable civility. Sure, pockets of crime and isolated incidents. But we dont have entire cities like Juarez, Mexico, or Kabul, Afghanistan. Our society has violence...but within reason. For the most part, our society is very stable, and outside of internet forums, mostly civil. These cop haters also have likely never as much as done one ride-a-long, much less picked up a gun and badge and worked a shift. You know....money where their mouth is...be the change from within....show us how they would police the city. Next.... Of course, sadly I must always put in the mandatory disclaimer: Yes, there are some bad apple cops out there. Hope they get fired and/or prosecuted. Statistics show most bad apples, as small a percentage as they are, get weeded out within 5 years of swearing in. And, yes, sometimes horrible mistakes happen. Like the swat team who was provided the wrong address by an informant, or some rookie panics and shoots the family dog. Also tragic, and unfortunately, part of a force that is comprised of...well, people from our general population, NONE of whom are perfect, so obviously a perfect force will never exist. Now.... Exactly what are the horrors of the "police state" USA??? That COPS do. Not politicians, but the street level cops. A traffic ticket...which will probably get reduced or dropped if the driver is polite, comes to court, and simply asks for leniancy. A cop who is rude verbally? A little too rough in a fight? Oh, the horrors. How about Southwest Asian cops...like Afghanistan...blowing up markets and murdering mass numbers of US troops? Or how about Mexican cops, kidnapping and beheading hundreds of people every year on behalf of the drug cartels...who they have more loyalty to than their department. Or how about the Chinese cops? Shoplift....and you may never be seen again. Russian cops? HAHAHA!!! Yeah, call one a pig and video tape him. You wont leave the hospital before the current season changes. You idiot "dissent"ers will one day realize you have it pretty good. That for 300,000,000 people who are heavily armed, drugged, mostly free, and emotionally short-fused....our cops are mostly doing a pretty darn good job. But then again.......maybe they wont realize that. Because they'll always live in their parent's suburban home, safe, without much of a personal danger to their day to day lives, safely driving to the internet cafe (mostly absent of DUI drivers) and type away about the "police state" they live in. They'll gather outside some local bar and get drunk and/or high (mostly safely), and have no fear of being kidnapped or beheaded or robbed (like on some other world streets) and bitch about how the "pig" across the street is worthless. Yep. They'll likely live such a safe life in such a bubble of comfort....that they'll never know how good they have it, or how lucky they are that they have "pigs" and the military to help keep that bubble closed to truly dangerous people throughout the world.