Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yankton Press and Dakotan: cops' lives suck

Right-wing extremists are attacking cops.
In Las Vegas on June 8, a man and a woman entered a local pizza restau­rant and shot and killed two Las Vegas Metro Police offi­cers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who were eat­ing lunch there. The num­ber of offi­cers killed by right-wing extrem­ists more than dou­bled in the 1990s, then increased by 50% more in the first decade of the 2000s. Five offi­cers have been killed by right-wing extrem­ists since 2011, not count­ing the Las Vegas incident.
Read more about the militant wing of the Republican Party here.
It has become a bit of a running joke in and around Moody County, if not an ongoing frustration for many; how long before another “Help Wanted” ad appears for Dispatcher in the Moody County Sheriff’s Office. [Moody County Enterprise]
Looks like The Dakota Progressive is not the only press that believes being a cop sucks.
Many of us really can’t appreciate the dangers that our law enforcement officers potentially face every single day. But it’s an important facet to consider now amid a rising overall tension nationwide involving police and minorities. It also rings home in this region, as there have been two officer-involved shootings within the last week. One occurred in Yankton; the other, which took place in Mitchell, ended in a fatality. Yes, there is always the chance that some police officers may take things too far, just as there is always the chance that some individuals will target the police. We are seeing this play out on a national scale, as explosive incidents involving police — either as alleged perpetrators or victims themselves — have generated intense media coverage.
Read more about why absolute power corrupts absolutely here.

Little wonder cops abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and even occasionally murder their wives.

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