As quoted in the piece:
The department then goes on to declare that it is at war with the city:
- The mayors hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a “wartime” police department. We will act accordingly.
This reminds me of a speech given by Bunny in the Wire:
- And when you at war, you need a fucking enemy. And pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your fucking enemy. And soon the neighborhood that you're supposed to be policing, that's just occupied territory.