Sauron_Daz wrote:I always wonder about that: policemen are citizens as well..don't they think for themselves, or are they opinionless or what..
Normal human behaviour is to listen to authority. We´re a nice little pack animal in the end.
Furthermore, ever considered why uniforms exist? Its not 1st of all so that other people can see what you are, its to give the person wearing it a "work mindset".
It also helps making a person look like they have authority, as most people respond to authority. Mostly though the change isnt how someone looks but how they act because of how they feel they look.
Its related to why its not a stupid idea for UK soldier to have its showy, totally standing out, uniforms. Because looking impressive, even if its just totally fake, is a morale booster for the friendly side and scary to the opposition, even if it may not be scary in a conscious way.
And really, you´ve used another part of the answer to your question as your signature for a long time now.
Oh im quite sure the police have opinions and they probably try to think for themselves.
But they´re trained to handle things one way, and facing off with a hoarde of people is scary, so most likely they will react according to training, OR if the protestors have enough good things going for them, or the regime enough badness about it and they get a chance to think about it they may change sides, OR they might run away although thats least likely, OR they might panic and start shooting wildly.
Last thing was what happened in Tianamen square after some loonies among the protestors fired at the police and military, which sofar had done nothing worse than trying to make the protestors unheard by the surroundings by singing louder than they were shouting.