What police have is a vested authority. We choose to give certain powers to individuals that, in theory, take on professionally the responsibilities that make society safer for all of us. We give them power.
What happens is what always happens with power. Police are not unique. They are human, corruptible, and prone to all the same problems as the rest of us. They spend their time dealing with the problems most us don't ever see. At the very least it changes them, they are less trusting, more likely to commit suicide, and as a group, insular.
They have training, weapons, and authority. Any challenge to that authority is met with as much force as necessary to eliminate it. Once an interaction with law enforcement is begun, total compliance is the only possible route. I am not saying cops are evil. I am saying they are in a thankless job
that trains them to be wary. I am saying that compliance gets you
through a police interaction uninjured.
I know this. I am a neatly groomed white male in my late 50s. None the less, if I am stopped, I am polite, speak calmly, wait for instructions. If it is a traffic stop, I turn off the vehicle, roll down the window, sit with my hands open on the steering wheel. I instructed my children when they were old enough to do the same.
I understand both sides of the ongoing protests. I know there are and have been terrible abuses by some police and governmental agencies. I know there are situations that go wrong very fast and leave a policeman with a split second decision to use deadly force. We could go back and forth trading stories.
What I do not understand is why so many people think it is a good idea to create a society in which the police are are only ones to be armed.