tifosi77 wrote:PensFanInDC wrote:When a cop straps a bomb to his chest and blows up a mall then you can say they are acting like terrorists or compare them to ISIS.
Believe me, I don't like cops in general. I don't like dealing with them and I don't like how some of them abuse their power, in some cases leading to the deaths of innocent people. But to say that is a bigger threat to me right now is not accurate. I'm a middle class white dude in farm country. As far as I am concerned cops pose very little threat to me. Now, if I were a black man in Biloxi, MS.....
One very important fact to remember: You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist
That's from two years ago, and there are a lot of useful links in that blog post that talk about police militarization and whatnot. That's not to marginalize the ISIS/ISIL threat. That's merely to put it in perspective.
Since 9/11, police have killed more Americans than have terrorists.
That's an embarrassingly stupid "statistical analysis" to make which likely controls no variables.
I'll guess (reasonably) that most situations involving a cop killing someone involves a situation that I can easily say I will never be a part of. The randomness and unpredictability of a terrorist attack makes that far more threatening to me personally.
I guess the data provided could also lead me to conclude that I should be 8x as afraid of cops as I am terrorists. Nonsense.