What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers.
"Snuff" by Terry Pratchett (via knerdy)
I’ve been citing this backwards and forwards for almost a fortnight now. Talking about “civilians” vs police officers is bizarre at best, and at it’s worst… well, I think Ferguson comes damn close.