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How many bad cops are there? What is the percentage? According to this: “In 2018, there were 686,665 full-time law enforcement officers employed in the United States.” What is the percentage of truly bad cops? How does that compare with the percentage of bad sports figures? How does that compare with the percentage of media figures who do not do their jobs or harass coworkers? How does that compare with the number and percentage of soi disant journalists who make up facts or interviews or get their data from kids’ science projects where the kids made up the numbers?
Let’s face it, if a law-enforcement officer does something bad, reporters will report on it, even if it does not involve the death of a black man. How many of these do we hear about in a year? A handful? Is it even that high? Or is that the number over several years where the stories have stuck with us and the stories told over and over and blown out of proportion? The Ferguson Unrest (as it is referred to in Wikipedia) was in 2014. How about the original “I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner who died while being arrested for selling loosies on the streets of New York City? That was 2011. We seem to be getting one of these major incidents about every three years. Whatever your profession is, can you say that you have one major incident every three years per 650,000 employees? Is your profession’s record that low? Does your profession have so few scandals? Medical doctors don’t. Priests don’t. Teachers don’t. Politicians sure as shootin’ don’t.
The truth is that incidents involving law enforcement officers are much higher than one every few years, but usually, there is no question that the officer needed to act. In a casual search, I found lots of numbers, but most were counting apples and oranges and grapes. One estimate is that close to a thousand people are killed per year in the US in justifiable homicides. Were those all by law-enforcement officers? Although it was on a page purporting to be about that, it was not clear. Still, that would mean that about one in three thousand of these incidents were not justifiable homicides based on what is protested and reported by the race mongers and “journalists.”
Can you imagine journalists getting things right that often? I was interviewed for a local paper, and they couldn’t even get my hometown right, despite the fact it’s a well-known city with famous characters named after it. Alright, I’ll admit that getting the name of a city wrong is not as bad as killing a guy who didn’t need to be killed. Not the same scale. On the other hand, that was not the only fact the reporter got wrong. Given the number of facts gotten wrong out of the total number of facts in the article, the journalist definitely loses by percentage overall. Not just by a little, but by orders of magnitude. And we all know that this one reporter is not exceptional. Everyone has seen an article where one is a subject matter expert and the reporter gets everything wrong. One thing that reporters should be a subject matter expert on is the English language, and they usually get that wrong, too.
Law-enforcement officers who are involved in unjustifiable homicides are few and far between. One big incident per three years? Maybe there are multiple cops involved, such as the four in this latest incident. So, maybe the number works out to a really bad cop per year. With journalism, it’s sort of the opposite. Good, honest reporters might come into the business at a rate of one every two or three years. The rest are just a bunch of hacks. Law enforcement officers are heavily screened before employment and heavily trained by most major departments. Journalists come out of our university system, unable to spell, and in most cases unable to read or write, either.
The truth is that I can’t find the numbers I want. All I have is a few figures and anecdotal evidence from what I hear reported. If any of you have solid figures, I would love to see them. But my impression is that law-enforcement officers tend to be much more professional, honest, and nonprejudicial and even-handed than any other profession. As they should be, given the power put into their hands.Published in