The Good Old Days....
...when cops could rough up a perp to the point of rupturing their bladder and only get a slap on the wrist.
...when perps were actually scared of the cops.
...when cops were called "the fuzz".
As for the latter, this must be one of the earliest films to have used the term "fuzz" for the police. Someone half whispers it when Ryan and his two partners enter the bar early in the film. I recall that term becoming much more prevalent in the late '60s, early '70s.