And where do you think the term "jack booted thug" came from. My father was a motorcycle cop in DC for many years, even wore leather gauntlet gloves. All buckled down he looked like he was ready for combat. Because he was.
You people that never once strapped on a uniform other than little league need to take a chill pill.
And his name was Jack, right?
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn
Well, they certainly weren't cruising around in MRAPs and rocking select fire.
No but they did have 'tommy' guns and the BAR. You can play pretend with history and believe the world back in the day was a Norman Rockwell painting or you can believe it was the day of interstate bank robbers totting full auto weapons and organized crime gangs slaughtering each other over booze, whores and later drugs...
You can try and pretend the SWAT team searching for a terrorist bomber is how cops normally patrol the streets, but you'd be oh so wrong.