And a new thing in the mix, Monkey Dust, what a fearsom effect that has on people.
Every generation has it's lunacy; crack was fun (fighting idiots on it, I mean not doing it).
But to be fair, a good old fashioned Psychotic breakdown is still a challenge without drugs.
Sole time I used my baton in self-defence was on a guy suffering a mental health incident. I was in the back of an ambulance when it all went wrong, and beween my stick and resorting to open handed stuff when i lost my baton in the fight; I turned it into the inside of a jam sandwich.
Fortunately no complaint ever came of it, and it just became another morning my then girlfriend found me home off nights quietly drinking Jack Daniels and looking out the window thinking.
If I was TASER equipped (but no one was back then) maybe I wouldn't have had to injure him that much.
Spend some money, assaults on police decline and use of force declines. Pretty simples really.
And no matter how much "Police:Now" tries to turns the job into a sociology degree, bad people won't do what they are told sometimes. And when example, persusasion and argument have failed - all that remains is the lawful argument of force.
Law, without force, is impotent