What if we passed a law disarming the cops? No guns, no tazers, no billyclubs, no mace. No fear -- we could safely walk the streets even if dirty or not white.
What if instead of learning to hit and shoot, they had to learn things like empathy, understanding, politeness, diplomacy, listening instead of barking orders, non-violent conflict resolution? What if they actually served and protected people, instead of property?
Betcha cops would resign en masse. There would be no new recruits. Who would want to be a cop if ya can't beat folks up?
It would be a major shift -- peacekeepers instead of oathkeepers. Cops would be respected instead of feared (those words are not synonymous), thanked instead of blamed. As the "thin blue line" evaporates, they would become part of society at large instead of part of their own closed society.
Could it happen here? What would it take?