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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:20 PM

When Will They Shoot?

Lots of people are at risk on the job. But when it comes to cops, they’re mostly a danger to others.
by Peter Frase ~ Dec. 17, 2014

Defenders of the warrior cop in situations like the one in Ferguson, Missouri argue that all of these trappings of military occupation are necessary because of the oh-so-dangerous environment the police supposedly face. Policing is not the country’s safest job, to be sure. But as the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows, it’s far from the most dangerous. The 2012 data reports that for “police and sheriff’s patrol officers,” the Fatal Injury Rate — that is, the “number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers” — was 15.0. That includes all causes of death — of the 105 dead officers recorded in the 2012 data, only 51 died due to “violence and other injuries by persons or animals.” Nearly as many, 48, died in “transportation incidents,” i.e., crashing their cars.

Here are some occupations with higher fatality rates than being a cop:

Logging workers: 129.9
Fishers and related fishing workers: 120.8
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 54.3
Roofers: 42.2
Structural iron and steel workers: 37.0
Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 32.3
Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers: 24.3
Electrical power-line installers and repairers: 23.9
Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers: 22.8
Construction laborers: 17.8
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 16.2
Maintenance and repairs workers, general: 15.7

Much more here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/08/when-will-they-shoot/



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Response to TBF (Original post)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 12:27 PM

1. Death Star storm troopers.

 

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 01:12 PM

2. Right? If they weren't so dangerous

it would be comical.

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Response to TBF (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 01:14 PM

3. It was just the first thing that came to mind when first seeing the picture.

 

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 03:55 PM

4. This doesn't bode well...

for peaceful revolution, does it?

Our 'socialist' representative:

Bernie Sanders told liberal Iowans Tuesday that he won't run for president unless he's certain millions of Americans are willing to launch a revolution.

"There's no way we are going to address the problems facing this country without a political revolution," Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont told an audience of 200-plus in a church basement in Ames.


http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/16/bernie-sanders-calls-revolution/20494315/

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 04:02 PM

5. Bernie may be a social democrat

but he's not a revolutionary. History tells us if the economic inequality continues to grow we will have either a real revolution or transition to full-out fascism. At this point I think it could go either way.

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 11:25 PM

6. When I look at that equipment all I can think is....

how many people could be feed with that money.

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Mon Dec 22, 2014, 03:07 PM

7. Cops are statistically more likely

to die of heart attacks due to their gluttony and sedentary job/lifestyle than violence.

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