Originally Posted by scott free
Well no, it certainly isnt horseshit, i'll take your word for what you say but dont tell me i dont know what the hell i'm talking about.
No most cops dont have to pull their pistol, but i've heard many tales of someone else trying to pull their gun on them in a scuffle, or dealing with some bs code of silence while trying to solve a murder, or seeing how people raise their kids up close, eight year old kids with custom t-shirts that say on the back "i aint afraid a no po-po" hell one guy i met who was from a bad neighborhood and chose to live there after becoming a cop had his daughter gangraped... so **** you for calling bs on the fact that many of those guys see and deal with some bad stuff every single day.
It will harden a man and make him very aggressive.
I'm guessing you've lived a privileged life.
If you live in any type of lower class neighborhood, you experience the same thing. The difference is that you don't get to clock out. The Cops do.
Here is the FBI data for Officers killed in the line of duty. Note the small number. Being a police officer exposes people to the same thing social workers see everyday. No one makes the argument that social workers have one of the most stressful jobs due to what they see. Why should a cop be excused for bad behavior due to a "stressful" job when we don't make the same exceptions for social workers, fire fighters, etc?
Officers Feloniously Killed
This page provides information about duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers who were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2011 and who met certain other criteria (e.g., they had full arrest powers; they ordinarily wore a badge and carried a firearm).
In 2011, 72 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty.
Of the officers feloniously killed, 50 were employed by city police departments, including 13 who were members of law enforcement agencies in cities with 250,000 or more inhabitants.
Line-of-duty deaths occurred in 30 states and Puerto Rico.
By region, 29 officers were feloniously killed in the South, 21 officers in the
Midwest, 10 officers in each the Northeast and the West, and 2 officers were
feloniously killed in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
The average age of the officers who were feloniously killed in 2011 was 38 years
The slain officers average length of law enforcement service was 12 years.
Of the 72 officers slain in 2011, 69 were male, and 3 were female.
By race, 68 of the victim officers were white, 3 were black, and 1 was American
23 officers were killed during arrest situations.
15 officers died in ambush situations.
11 officers were slain during traffic pursuits or stops.
9 officers were killed during tactical situations (barricaded offender, hostage
taking, high-risk entry, etc.).
7 officers were murdered answering disturbance calls.
5 officers were slain while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances.
1 officer was killed while conducting investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.).
1 officer was killed while transporting or maintaining custody of a prisoner.
49 officers who were slain in 2011 were on assigned vehicle patrol.
11 officers were assigned to other duties, such as special assignments or
undercover, when they were murdered.
11 of the slain officers were off duty but acting in an official capacity.
1 of the slain officers was on foot patrol.
43 on-duty officers slain in 2011 were assisted at the time of the attacks.
18 on-duty officers were alone and unassisted at the time of the incidents.
Anecdotes of ****ed up things individual police officers have seen, while tragic, don't tell us anything about being a cop.