As I mentioned before, I hope you never need one.
That's like saying 'I hope you never need a computer repair or I hope you never need a firefighter or I hope you never need a flight...etc'
It is the job of those offering 'the service', they're paid to do their jobs. They are there for that reason and that reason only Cops too!
They don't do it for free just like you don't do anything for anyone 'for free'.
Your 'Yahoo over the top' police support fuses in the bad cops with good cops. The good cops do not want to be linked with or tainted by the bad cops...they want nothing to do with them. And they see blind supporters like you as 'not helping to boost their image because they know the bad cops just love guys like you! And the bad cops will eat your compliments like Corn Flakes.
But yeah, to you..'they're all the same'.
1. African-Americans make up 13% of the population, but per FBI statistics commit nearly 50% of the homicides in the US each year. It stands to reason that the police would have more violence encounters when dealing with a group that statistically is involved in more violent crimes.
2. Unarmed people have killed cops in the past. Shooting unarmed people can be completely justified if the unarmed person is attacking you (i.e., Ferguson).
Hmmmm..forgive my observance of someone joining A.net 5 days ago posting 13+ post a day in Non-Av, that's gotta be a newbie's record! Smells like someone's been traveling under a past disguise with new veneer, ok, I bite...
First off, those 'quoted stats' are shaky as hell, suspect and are you doing to best to justify taking the lives of unarmed people...and too happy to do it.
Secondly, go ahead, list all those unarmed people who've killed cops...then post and compare the number of unarmed persons killed by police.
Thirdly, explain the logic behind your acceptance of unarmed indidviduals being gunned down.
I've been a longtime lurker here (10+ years). Didn't create an account because when I tried to many moons ago you had to pay for access to the forums. When I discovered recently that was no longer the case, I signed up. I'm a lover of aviation like everyone else on these boards, but I don't work in the industry and I fly once a year if I'm lucky, so I just don't have a whole lot to add to the aviation boards, but I do enjoy reading them.
I can think of two officers who were killed by unarmed people last year (one was disarmed by a driver during a traffic stop and killed with his own gun, the other was struck in the head with a rock and then had his pistol stolen and used to murder him). So, as we can see, unarmed does not equate to not dangerous.
Lurking served you better because anyone current on social politics know unequivocally that 'that number' is non-existent when measured against the innocent that you disregard.
The Washington Post analyzes police shootings each year and has found that the vast majority of people killed by police each year are armed with guns or knives. Of the small number of unarmed people killed each year, many were physically attacking police officers when they were shot (see Mike Brown as an example). Others committed suicide by cop (i.e. they pointed a toy gun or something else that resembled a firearm at a police officer in order to convince the officer to shoot them). Still others were shot while driving towards officers while fleeing in vehicles (which are deadly weapons in their own right). Only a small number of the remainder of people who were shot while unarmed were actually questionable.
Washington DC, a largely black city does not reflect every metropolis in the country, I'm certain in the Chinatown section of NYC, the likely culprit of a Asian killing is more than likely Asian. In nearly all white Idaho...who's doing most of the killing?
One guess. It ain't the Native Americans.
In Chicago, most of those killings..black on black crimes.
Human beings of all persuasions have those who hold no regard for human life...you can end your support of killing the unarmed now, it went over like a lead balloon.
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson