Indeed. Why not just call in a few of my friends flying Hornets up at China Lake and have them just roll-in for a pass and drop a Mark-82 on the place? Heck, Edwards AFB is within line of sight view of Big Bear. Sortie a B-1 from South Base and laze it and drop.
The difference is that US Naval Officers and USAF Officers are knowlagable about what to do when issued illegal orders. Local law enforcement... not so much.
This is not to excuse the criminal. BTW. It is just that WE and our agents whom WE employ as our protectors, ought to well above criminal acts, no matter the reason. The ends do not justify the means.
My contempt for these "officers of the law" is complete.