This is a new one: French collaborator police are attacking… not the patriotic Gilets Jaunes protesters this time but… the firemen. Twitter user @BasedPoland regularly posts short videos of French police brutality toward their own people. I understand that policemen behave like mindless obedient animals but even so, how can they live with themselves.
This is why they do what they do. Uniform, gear, small unit tactics turn you into a different person while in character. This goes a long way toward understanding police mentality. Someone once explained how early on during the Yellow Vests uprising, one group of riot police would block protesters on one end of the street while, unbeknownst to that squad of cops, another police unit would block them at the other end. The two units would, by design, not know about each other. Therefore, each group of cops would become frustrated with the protesters that were prevented from moving in either direction. There are also other methods of whipping up anger in well-disciplined cops. For example, order them to stand in one spot for several hours on a hot or a cold day.
When left-wing hippies of yesteryear protested, the cops’ disgust with them needed no explanation. But when the protesters are of similar right wing, patriotic alignment as the police, the cops’ antagonism toward them needs to be stoked more creatively by their superiors. Yet same principles apply. Uniformed, disciplined men — who are warriors by nature — feel contempt for the disorganized men around them. None in uniform, many with unruly hair, women among them, each moving and shouting of his own volition. The uniformed man starts to hate what he sees as an affectation of higher intelligence, higher status, higher moral standing in the protester. Unlike the hippies, whom law-and-order cops saw as upper-class subversives, patriotic protesters trigger the cop’s defensiveness about his own image.
The cop doesn’t want to be there. But then he sees an earnest, tragic countryman looking right back him in the protest standoff. He sees this earnest patriotic protester judging him, the cop, to be a mindless obedient animal. The protesters won’t move back. They shout insults instead. They play martyr (in the cop’s ego-protective interpretation) and this infuriates the cop. The hand itches, the police phalanx is released to move at will and he starts smashing the protester’s head with his baton.
Collaborator police have no excuse of ignorance.