: a Greek city-state; broadly : a state or society especially when characterized by a sense of community
The western world (including Websters today) has for many years mistranslated the wold "polis" as meaning a city...
The Greek word polis is where we derive the English word police.
Polis does not mean a "city" it means a "wall".
Most cities were civilized due to walls that were built around them.
So the police are a wall to keep the lawless and law abiding separate from one another.
The wall should not separate race!
City walls were perhaps (along with agriculture) one of the greatest factors in human civilization.
The walls of cities also keep wild animals from wandering the streets and carrying off young children.
What exactly is this "wall" (polis) comprised of that today's police represent?
Well, it is comprised of US Constitutional law and order where justice is carried out by courts of law and not vigilante justice...
Where people are guaranteed a trial and not before a trial convicted by bigotry, homophobia, sexism, racism etc... dictated by narrow religious superstitions.
Were ALL people are created equal and deemed innocent until proven guilty.
This is what police are vowed to protect and honor and when this oath of office is violated then the police themselves become the outsiders to social justice.
Polis does not mean "city" it means "wall"...
Protecting A Great City...
Peace and respect towards all...