The idea that we must "respect" any institution is a assumption, and that's all it is.
Respect is earned, and not earned once and no more effort required.
The police and government, in order to have our respect, must first do at least two things:
1) Respect the citizens for whom they work (remember, it is they who work for us, and not the other way around.)
2) Earn that respect at all times.
If the police are doing their jobs properly then they are doing what they are being paid to do. That to me does not invoke any need to provide any more respect than anyone else doig their job properly ... if the police and government believe their positions requires a higher level of respect, then it is they, not the citizens, that have the problem.
Great leaders EARN great respect for doing their jobs in a manner that goes beyond the ordinary ... I respect Tommy Douglas because he did great things in his position as MP and Party leader ... if he were simply fuckwad no-name MP in row 5 seat 8 in the backbenches, then I would consider him as worthy of no more respect than would normally be given any other person in any other profession doing a "mild to middling" job.
Same goes foe the police ... they do not deserve respect, they earn respect (being held accountable is a totally different issue, and has absolutely nothing to do with "deserving" respect, we can hold people accountable whether we respect them or not) ... they lost any so called "right" to respect this weekend when they abused their powers. No one abusing their powers "deserves" respect, and anyone that suggests such a thing doesn't have a fucking clue as to the meaning of the word respect.
As soon as we start believing that some group of people "deserve" respect, we become at best suckers, and at worst stupid people setting ourselves up to be abused.