The Untouchables (1987)
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The sequence was based on a myth about Capone in which he found out that three of his men were planning on killing him. Capone then had each of them beaten with bats and then executed, though Capone himself didn't take part in the beatings.
As for the movie, the man he killed was the one in charge of the liquor warehouse at the post office that the Untouchables had raided earlier in the film. One possibility is that the guy had been arrested the warehouse then released on bail and so Capone killed him to avoid any loose ends. Another theory is that the guy may have set up the operation without Capone's knowledge. Therefore, Capone killed him because he went into business for himself and put the entire organization at risk. This theory is supported by Capone's speech about teamwork and how the team loses if someone goes into it for themselves.
Killing the guy like he did, in front of the others, also sent a clear message - stay in line or you're next. Edit
The original British police force was the Constabulary of Ireland founded in 1822 (later given the royal appointment and renamed the Royal Irish Constabulary). It formed the basis for all other British police forces in the UK and across the British Empire including London's Metropolitan Police (formed in 1829) whose first 2 commissioners were both Irishmen with the necessary prior experience, Palestine Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police etc. This established a long tradition of law enforcement running in Irish families worldwide, especially as many RIC officers emigrated to America after the violence surrounding Ireland's partition in 1922 and joined police forces there. In addition during the 19th century many corrupt, Irish dominated local governments such as New York's infamous Tammany Hall would reward their supporters with lucrative civil service jobs in the police force and fire department, often using the former as an instrument of political power. Edit