As if the vehicles they drive aren’t becoming scary enough, take a look at the cops themselves. Much like a hostile alien mother ship that releases smaller versions of its menacing self, a bumpy, boxy, antennae and gear-laden vehicle often produces a bumpy, boxy, antennae and gear-laden individual also known as your friendly neighborhood police officer.
The cops seem to be so overladen with equipment and weaponry it’s no wonder shootings seem to be more common these days; why run after someone you have no hope of catching when you can simply gun them down? As if they need any help in that area. Ask Eunia Love, a black woman who was shot to twelve times by the LAPD over a $10 gas bill back in 1979, or the MOVE group, whom the Philadelphia police literally bombed back in 1985, which resulted in 11 deaths and over 60 homes being destroyed in the resulting fire. Giving the police more firepower, to borrow a quote from a friend, is like giving The Hulk brass knuckles.
The 1987 movie Robocop seems to be edging closer to becoming reality. A half-man, half-machine thing that possesses superior firepower, superhuman strength, tank-like armor, and the ability to acquire and store data that’s admissible in court is just the ticket for the future of cops. Many veterans of our various wars are still allowed to serve even after losing entire limbs in combat. Advances in prosthetic limbs are just the beginning; bionic limbs and powered exoskeletons, once only in the realm of science fiction, are coming soon, to a theater near you. As many military types often become cops, do the math.
What could be the outcome of all of this? Some things certainly leap to mind. Jaywalkers? Why else were 30mm chain guns invented? Brrrrrrrrrrr! Done! Illegal parking? No sweat! Why else were Hellfire missiles invented? Whoooooosh….BLAM! So long, car! A bunch of kids loitering behind a building smoking pot? Literally tear them limb from limb. There’s really no problem on earth that cannot be solved by the proper application of gunfire and high explosives. The arming of helicopters and drones goes without saying. We can all count on law enforcement to be more and more less and less friendly in the future, as they will be more and more like machines and less and less like the people they’re supposed to be protecting and serving.