This Intense Video Shows What It’s Really Like for Police Officers in Life-Threatening Confrontations

This Intense Video Shows What It’s Really Like for Police Officers in Life-Threatening Confrontations

When I watched this video, I cried. I realized that I have been swayed by recent media hype on some levels about police officers. While many have speculated on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (and a similar police confrontation in St. Louis), what has not been widely presented is what it’s like for police officers who confront suspected criminals and may second-guess themselves at the wrong moment.

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Please watch this video and honor those who give life and limb to keep citizens safe.

The graphic video above, “The Life of a Law Enforcement Officer,” has been making the rounds, as reported by Local 12, WKRC-TV.

According to the National Law Enforcement Foundation, there were 1.2 million violent crimes in the United States in 2011. The foundation reports that “a total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year.”

According to Vox, “[T]he FBI’s records say that there were 426 ‘felons killed by police’ in 2012.” While Vox claims that the felons killed were “disproportionately black” at 32% of all justifiable homicide victims, supplementary statistics show that violent crime rates are disproportionate in other ways.
Given the high number of violent crimes and the life-or-death confrontations that come with police officers’ line of work, is it fair to judge police involved in shooting incidents with suspected criminals before all the facts come out?

Is it safe to say that being a police officer requires a tremendous amount of courage, given that any day out in the field could be one’s last, and particularly if he or she doesn’t exercise outstanding judgment?
As pointed out before in an article on how looks can be deceiving in police confrontations with criminals, a policeman second-guessing himself at the wrong moment can be fatal. In a tense or harrowing stand-off with a criminal, split seconds matter.

The community needs to stop playing judge, jury and executioner. We live in America and have the best legal system in the world. The problem with Ferguson is that we haven’t even given them a chance to do a decent investigation because all the authorities are more focused on citizens safety and making sure Ferguson doesn’t burn down. Let them do their job!

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