Amy Goodman interviewed a charismatic young man who just wrote a book about this subject. I don't have the statistics in front of me, but he cited something along the lines of 4500 civilians killed by police in the past decade. And of that number, only about 67 went to court/trial, and from that limited pool, less than TEN were punished in any meaningful manner.
So there is a culture of impunity.
Remember when it wasn't the soldiers who enacted brutality, but rather the person of conscience (Chelsea Manning) who reported on it... who was punished?
There's a case where instead of the cops who beat the Black man to death, the guy who videotaped it is being forced to serve prison time!
I make a lot of noise about this idea that "Mars rules" or that in a society based on force & domination, those who identify with these expressions tend to get a free pass while those who challenge the morality, utility, and ultimate result of those approaches are intensely punished.
This is true in the case of Julian Assange, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and others.
Power does NOT want to be held to account.
Power now controls the media which churns up consistent FALSE narratives.
Power has learned from the gurus of Psychology hired by PR firms and think tanks how to REVERSE premises so that the perpetrators of crimes are exalted while those who CALL OUT what they do... are punished when not silenced, discredited, or rendered invisible.
This pattern is all over.
Women who decry violence (Gabrielle Giffords and the recent killing of the female member of Parliament in the U.K) are shot in the face because maniacs are afraid that these persons of conscience will take their precious guns away.
It is all MADNESS because too many leading the pack off the cliff deeply identify with the preposterous logic of M.A.D (Mutually Assured Destruction).
I think a solid argument can be made that it's M.A.D. that creates a climate that puts a billion guns out on the streets (in the U.S) while raising the temperature literally--through global warming, and emotionally--through the stresses of lousy wages as costs of living always rise).
And it's M.A.D. to arm an unstable world, make billion dollar deals with dictators (like the Saudi royals) and virtually ensure that conflicts will spread.
The elites DO want to see a massive population reduction. They may in fact be spawning a race war inside the U.S. right now while also bludgeoning 6 Middle East nations and thereby creating such a paucity of necessary infrastructure, and such an impossible refugee problem as to accomplish their diabolical ends by seemingly "natural" means.