I'll try to embed some Buffalo Springfield, though, since they seem to be as relevant to things that are happening now as back in 1967:
The song was written, of course, about the protests and the turbulence of those times, of a war that no one with any sense should have wanted to fight, segregation and prejudice directed with no compunctions at African Americans, and the general feeling that we had lost something of ourselves as a people.
On the same subject as "The Limits Of Force", Dana Hunter wrote about another place on the West Coast where the cops seem to be getting out of hand, and the politicians are backing them all the way:
This is what America’s Finest are up to these days:Little has changed since 1967, other than that police seem to prefer the look of black uniforms and body armor. I'm pretty sure that Dana's captured Lt. Pike's state of mind, because you can see it written in the history of the '60s. Back in 2005, PBS's American Experience produced a show about American's Vietnam experience called "Two Days In October". Even though I lived through the 60s as a boy, it's still startling. One of the more revealing bits was this bit of dialogue from two former police officers who were sent in to remove protesting students from buildings at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Their attitudes about the students are a portent of the tragedy of those days:
Note the technique: the insouciant [stroll], the pepper spray held at a casual yet effective angle, the expression that says he could just as easily be spraying cockroaches as students, because they’re equally vermin to him. Note that his safety and the safety of others is in no way imperiled by a bunch of students sitting on the ground, yet he feels it necessary to spray them full in the face with a chemical weapon because they were, y’know, protesting. Defying his authortay. Can’t have that.
My Country ’tis of Thee, Bad Land of Police Brutality
Keith Hackett, Madison Police: We would run into students on State Street where a person like me, who was from a farming community, would begin to realize that there was a different, different society out there, as far as students. A lot of them from the East Coast, a lot of money, new cars, nothing they couldn't buy.I had no problem finding that bit of exposition in that long transcript. I just looked for the word "atom".
Tom McCarthy, Madison Police: I used to ride the bus to work and there was this one guy who would get on the bus and he would just condemn and scream and holler about the government and about how mean they were. And I just looked at him and I said, "You know, if they ever wanted to drop the atom bomb as a test, they could drop it right on top of the university and I wouldn't give a [expletive]." He never said another word.
Keith Hackett: They were young and dumb. And they didn't really have any idea what they were doing and they thought this was a way for them to show their patriotism, and it wasn't. If you want to run this by anarchy, which is what they were trying to do, then you have a fight on your hands.
American Experience: Two Days In October: Transcript
That was their attitude - all you rich kids at that college think you're so much better than we are, and you don't know jack. Just sit back and let the system handle it the way it will handle it, or we'll gladly come beat the crap out of your privileged little asses.
And that's exactly what they did. On October 18, 1967, UofW students occupied a building on campus to protest the presence of Dow Chemical, a company that was making napalm, among other chemicals for munitions that were being used in Vietnam. Madison police were called in to remove them, using nightsticks on the heads and bodies of hundreds of unarmed protesters. For years afterward, many of the cops who were there boasted about it:
When McCarthy went to church that week and heard the priest suggest that people ought to start listening to the students, McCarthy walked out and never spoke to him again. And the cops who stormed Commerce came up with a nickname for themselves, "the Dirty 30," making patches that they wore on their uniforms for years to come.Having grown up in those times, I never really got over my distrust of the police. Incidents like these are a big part of the reason. The events of the last couple of months have shown that little has changed in forty years, except for the fashions.
American Experience: Two Days In October: Policing Student Demonstrations at The University of Wisconsin