The police work for me, and for us. They are not a foreign military or a sovereign nation, and if they were, they’d find us (as we’ve found us) pretty much indomitable, ungovernable, independently minded, occasionally lawbreaking, often acting out, free people. Working for us is hard, especially when that work involves getting us to follow our own rules.
We, the people, hire a lot of staff (millions, of whom I am one, speaking for myself), and we give our staff a substantial amount of leeway in performing the services we require of them. We hire more staff to manage them, and near the center of what turns out to be a substantial bureaucratic mess, we elect people who can exert our will directly by providing rules and regulations for all the staff.
Killing us, either on purpose, or accidentally, is not part of that leeway. This message needs to come across, loud and clear, throughout the entire bureaucracy that manages the services we provide ourselves. All the staff, all the managers, all the elected officials. You (we) work for us, and it is not okay to kill any of us. Nobody should have to say that.
In particular, it is not okay to operate in such a way that sub-groups of your employers face an exceptionally high risk of bad treatment including (but not limited to) excessive force and/or death. Again, all of this should be obvious without being said by anyone, but recent events have left me feeling that I should have been saying it.