There was an excellent article in Vox by a black ex-cop about race and policing:
And no matter what an officer has done to a black person, that officer can always cover himself in the running narrative of heroism, risk, and sacrifice that is available to a uniformed police officer by virtue of simply reporting for duty.
Where did the narrative of the heroic officer bravely battling against non-white scumbags originate? Has it always been with us?
I certainly remember ’80s Dirty Harry movies perpetuating this narrative, saying in fact that a real cop had to take matters in his own hands because the librul nanny state over-regulated policing. When I wrote about the shift in movie mores from the ’70s to the ’80s, reader BG emailed to say I hadn’t mentioned Dirty Harry movies which devolved from somewhat complex movies to Reagan era propaganda.
Did the heroic cop narrative especially take off in the ’80s or was it always the same?