Is police brutality the next child sex abuse? Margot Patterson makes the connection here. On a dangerous profession:
The pass law enforcement officers habitually get from the public is often justified in terms of the risks they run to ensure public security. They undoubtedly do face danger, but perhaps not as much as people assume. Data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that policing does not rank among the 10 most dangerous occupations in the United States. The riskiest jobs, those with the highest fatalities, are held by loggers, roofers, fishing workers, airline pilots and flight engineers, trash collectors, mining machine operators, farmers, ranchers, electric line installers and repairers and construction workers. An individual is more likely to die in any one of those jobs than in the line of duty as a police officer.
Trash collectors? Fishermen and women? Really?
Among my cousins, one is a retired police officer, and one is on active duty. That said, I have no problem with the notion that a person whose vocation is to serve and protect has an ultimate duty to lay down his or her life for the protection of the innocent. Not to sacrifice someone else for the good of the institution.