Thank you for your thoughful response. You put some things in words better than I did and made the difference between a soldier and a cop more distinct. As you said, one brings violence, the other is to keep the peace.
But as we know, they aren't doing that. They're actually instigating trouble where there was none until they arrived.
They must be reformed and most of all, they need to be taught that they are not military and cannot "occupy" the towns they supposedly serve.
Let's hope that the people who begin the reformation of modern policing see the issues as clearly as you and I do.
Thank again for your response and for reading my piece. You made my day, Chris.