arma virumque cano (et alia)
Of course this wasn't police reality even back then. It was a TV show. At the time (early 1960's) Southern cops were the definition of corrupt and racist, with no sense of justice, or even common sense.
That may be true, but things have worsened, don't you think?
OMG yes. Fueled by the shoot first ask questions later attitude of police.
Not just the police.