Being a police officer is an unenviable job. In the last 20 years, their reputation has suffered immensely, but for good reason. Too many people are being killed for no reason, but that comes with any job where you feel your life is being threatened. And, it certainly does not pertain to any one race.
My race, Hispanic, has been the number one source of problems in my city. We can't stop stabbing, beating, and killing each other. Mexicans love killing other Mexicans...and statistics prove it. Other races do the same, but I can only speak for my race.
Being a cop in my city has to be unnerving, especially responding to domestic violence calls, where there are many every night. People don't respect cops, and when there are so many weapons in the hands of civilians, you can see where cops are no longer feared either.
Cops are almost always the first emergency responders to crime scenes and medical emergencies like car accidents, shootings, and other random crime. I have been the first person to stop and render aid at several car accidents, and I can tell you, I didn't want to approach those mangled cars. Each time, the first things I saw were shattered glass, metal, and other debris, then the smell of gasoline and burning oil. But, worst of all, I could then see blood--a lot of blood--then, the unconscious victims. Those images don't go away, and when you see them everyday and night--that starts to mess with your mind. I have to believe someone shooting at you can have the same effect.
I respect them, and so far, have never had reason to question their significance to the safety of this city.