The 'native' americans owned lots of slaves and also made blood sacrifices to their gods. Enemies who lost were captured and later had their hearts ripped out of their chests while they were still alive.
Well, in fact, yes. This country was founded upon the principle that we must protect the dumb masses from themselves, hence we have a representative constitutional republic.
If we listened to the supposed 'will of the people' then much of LA would be like Santa Monica, with even the simplest building, taking literally decades to negotiate, simply because some unemployed stooge is yelling the loudest.
I think that's just a regular helicopter. Those that don't live in LA will never know the joy of driving down a random road and seeing a helicopter search light spring out of nowhere, followed by an assload of police cars.