So, can we be surprised by this:
When authority figures do this?
Let’s face it, people in authority legitimize behaviors when they engage in them. Just as we learn behaviors through childhood by watching our parents and teachers (the authorities), as adults we tend to consider the actions of authority figures to be legitimate. Therefore, when the authorities assault peaceful people who are in the way, it can be no surprise when regular people do the same.
Something about leading by example comes to mind…