The police ought to be enforcers. Their job is to stop crime, which entails enforcing laws. The police don’t need to protect anyone from vandalism, but they do need to enforce its illegality by arresting graffiti artists. The fact that we hear about police brutality on the news doesn’t mean it’s the norm. It’s just that the most heinous and egregious actions of the police are the only ones that make the news. No one ever mentions how many crimes they’ve solved or people they’ve helped. Furthermore, the police absolutely have to protect people. There was one court case where the judge decided that the officers shouldn’t be convicted of a crime because they did their best to manage a school shooting without getting themselves slaughtered.
Despite the tragic story explained above, the police do a lot of policing in America. Maybe people would realize they weren’t bullies if they remembered they were people too. The police often bully because so many people are so openly hostile to them. They’re only bullies when people force them to be, because sometimes bullying is necessary to maintain control of a situation and exercise their authority. However, this is not their primary role. Saying that bullying is their role is an overgeneralization.