Being a cop is not that dangerous of a job.
It’s safer, statistically speaking, than being a cab driver. It’s a hell of a lot safer than being in the logging or fishing industry—seems like people in those industries are dropping like flies on the regular. In fact, being a cop doesn’t even rank in the top ten when it comes to the deadliest professions. Hell, people who collect recyclables are more likely to be killed on the job than a cop is.
But that hasn’t stopped conservatives from turning a couple of isolated, albeit awful, incidents into a national crisis—providing even more law-and-order arrows in the Trump administration’s already dangerous quiver.
Police don’t deserve to be summarily killed or needlessly attacked, but let’s end these narratives that aren’t driven by data.