Most citizens can be forgiven for going through their day without thinking of anarchy or barbarians storming the gates. But many police, especially in New York City, see themselves as a thin blue line besieged by both a liberal and criminal world, neither of which they particularly like or understand. Large protests, especially when they're anti-police, solidify this belief because police see firsthand just how thin their blue line actually is.
Police know they are outnumbered and sometimes outgunned, even while presenting a front of dominance and control.
December 22, 2014
Thinking beyond "the Thin Blue Line"
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