Most, if not all, American cities have SWAT units, which operate in a military style. They are also heavily armed, have armored cars, snipers, etc. It has been needed in the past when they were outgunned by professional criminals. But SWAT teams are only a small part of any police department. Police were used back in the 20's and 30's as strike breakers. Strikers now have the protection of Federal Labor laws, and I suppose, it helps that most police departments are unionized.
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