While many in the nation, from Oakland to New York, rally in protest over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I keep wondering: What about the good cops? As with our military personnel, we are often quick to hang the allegedly corrupt but slow to honor those who serve honestly to protect.
According to the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 of them who are serving in the United States; about 12 percent are women.
The FBI reported that there were 404 incidents of “justifiable homicide” by American police in 2011. That is a high number, especially when compared with other countries. As Business Insider reported, “by comparison, just six people were killed by police in Australia over the same period. Police in England and Wales killed only two people, and German police killed six.”
What BI doesn’t explain, however, is that 150 U.S. law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty every year. Did you know that one cop is killed in the line of duty roughly every two days?
First, it’s important to note what our uniformed guardians of good are really up against. According to the NLEOMF, in the U.S.: –“According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2011.”
–“On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.”