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#11 | Posted by Verneoz at 2014-08-21 07:55 AM | Reply

No one will deny that being a police officer can be dangerous, however your statistic is meaningless in regards to the subject of justified homicide by police.
Statistics for the last 10 years show of the 1501 officer deaths between 2004 - 2013, 186 deaths were attributed to "job related illness".
Alcohol or drug related deaths within the 1501 number 272.

The nature of police work is such that at any time a fatal threat of any nature may occur at anytime, but eminent danger is not lurking around every corner.

Given the roughly 850,000 sworn peace officers and the number of police citizen encounters the percentage of good guy/bad guy encounters is very small.
Police do not even make the top 10 in terms of dangerous jobs, to use perceived danger to be the justification or an excuse for abusive and illegal behavior is not factually supported and strangely enough essentially the same point conservatives make against criminals, background shouldn't matter only actions.

The example of Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers pointing weapons at demonstrators and with snipers scoping the crowds in full battle rattle is practically a PSA for more stringent psychological testing of police candidates.

Suspending one officer for pointing a weapon at the demonstrators after a weeks worth of video showing the majority of the officers on scene doing exactly the same thing is simply scapegoating.

One does not calm a crowd, mob, or individual by being aggressive and threatening.



The situation in Ferguson is no longer about the death, whether justified or not, of Michael Brown.

The deployment of, as several veterans pointed out, police with more military equipment than was used by our troops in Iraq & Afghanistan serves to increase tension and confrontation rather than decrease it.

Police trained in military tactics and equipped with military battle dress & weapons are no longer a police force protecting citizens but a para-military force suppressing them.
Several combat veterans have pointed out that many of the police have more military equipment than they had when patrolling in Iraq & Afghanistan.

The presence of armored vehicles and police dressed as combat soldiers with snipers scoping targets and police with weapons drawn, pointing, and often sighting on the crowd is going to escalate violence not lessen it.
The first doctrine of firearm safety is do not point your weapon unless one is acquiring a target.
Muzzled down, finger on the trigger guard until a threat is presented, not aggressively targeting the crowd.

When one sees rows of County police armed with ax handles, baseball bats, and other improvised clubs it is an image of the 60's not that of a well trained professional police force.

An area where 70% of the population is black and 90+% of the police force is white automatically creates racial tension.
Community policing works, military policing does not, instead of the police working with community leaders you have officers chanting bring it on....

I'll be very surprised if at some point Ferguson or St. Louis County officers don't open fire on the crowd they're simply that poorly trained.


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