The military is getting a steady dose of more and more affirmative action promotions, female empowerment, LGBT training and pushing, and even the crowding out of religion. That is another topic for another day. Internal security is a worry for the regime. They are running red team war games to see how internal unrest would go. They need to focus on securing their power. This is where the cops come into play.
Similar to removing the big city machines via federal funding, the progs want to remove the peculiar features of local police forces and make them hampered, prog influenced or even prog controlled. I wrote about this in March of 2015 as the motivation behind the Chicago PD black site articles. From that essay:
The motivations behind this article might be as more ammunition for the police overhaul underway at the federal level. The Brown-Garner outrage from 2014 created calls for community engagement, body cameras and whatnot. In reality, it created an in for the federal government to be able to tap local police departments on the shoulder to fall into line. It is a sovereignty battle. The threats will be lawsuits and simple "you must play to get the grants and discounted equipment". The anarcho-tyranny will be turned up a notch, the unreported brown-black race war will continue, and nothing will improve.
This is how the Black Lives Matter crowd does fit into the scheme. Each incident, no matter justified or not, becomes a reminder to wider society that the evil cops are shooting the poor blacks. For a day or two, black acquaintances may say how they don't know how to handle the fear their sons go through, and then return to posting how their sons are so cray-cray and don't take shit from nobody.
Progs want federalization so that they can control local police department procedures and neuter them. Anarcho-tyranny means possibly even disarming the cops, allowing only certain police members to carry guns. Number one priority will be hiring cops that reflect "the community". NYPD police commissioner and NYC co-savior, Bill Bratton, stated the harsh reality that it is hard to find black men who meet requirements (testing, physical, no drug use, no criminal record). The IndyStar pushed Indianapolis to have cops that reflect the community citing the lack of Hispanic officers as well, which was completely ridiculous considering the Hispanic population is a phenomenon of the last decade. These security jobs will be treated as patronage for the Left's coalition. it will also be a means to weaken a potential force against the regime in a shaky situation.
No one knows how far this will go. Is it only big city departments or will even small towns get this treatment? If the NY Times' focus on small suburb Ferguson is any guide, the progs will do this in as small a town as possible. One potential fix is routing around this by smaller cities and towns eliminating their five to fifty man police forces and contracting with private firms. Some cash strapped small towns across America have already eliminated their police forces and farmed things to the county sheriffs. Besides the economic reasoning, soon political and basic security concerns may force more small towns to maintain control and avoid the long hand of the prog fedgov.