People often complain about cops exclaiming, “we pay their salary” and “they work for us”.
You don’t “Pay” someone who sticks a gun in your face and demands your wallet. The resulting transaction is not payment. It’s theft.
Cops are payed by politicians who use cops to make sure we all hand over the loot.
To recap: Cops are not paid by the public and cops don’t work for the public. They are paid by politicians and act on the politician’s behalf.