Originally Posted by Lighthouse
Gib and Harold in order:
Gib, I see your point about deaths, but how careful can a cop be around citizens?
Too diligent? You risk claims by Rachel Maddow of racist hate killer.
Too lax? "Mommy, why did the bad man shoot daddy?" "Well, honey, because he went to sensitivity training."
I think people need to be realistic about their exposure to risk. People in general massively overestimate the amount of crime in our society today; most people think it's worse than the 1970s but it's actually much safer. Horrific acts are simply reported so much more that people think the risk is higher. This has (in part) led to helicopter parenting, lack of physical exercise, and overly nervous police.
The police seem to think that we're living in some sort of Escape from New York hellscape, where cop killers are waiting around every bend. That's really not the case. The gap between their perception and reality become unnecessarily aggressive policing, militarized police, totally unnecessary SWAT-style raids, and hair-trigger shootings.
I don't want to see more cops killed, but cops shouldn't be walking around with the idea that civilians are always trying to kill them. The "Cops vs Civilians" attitude is really poisonous.