Here is another thing , granted there are going to be some situations where a cop has no choice but to use his firearm . The problem most Americans have today is the fact that the gun is used way too much , as a first alternative instead of a last resort in too many cases . What happened to the night stick ? You see so many cases where the night stick would have been more than enough to deal with the person . Are they no longer trained in the use of the night stick and hand to hand ? If they are not , that is huge disservice to the officer and the public . Lot of other countries police are issued with a night stick only , and in our own country , in the not so long ago past , that was the preferred weapon walking a beat . They had revolvers , but pretty much only used them if the perp was armed , other than that it was the club or night stick . That is one of the many frustrations the public has with todays situation . Things like that help create the us vs. them mentality on both sides of the coin . Is it not high time that stops ? The Black population of this country could have a strong hand in reversing the problem , if they were smart enough to use the attention they get for the benefit of all Americans , instead of playing the race card . They are the most vocal about the situation and seem to get the most attention , pity they wont use that advantage for the good of all . In the coming years , the problem is going to hit critical mass with the public . You say most cops are not bad , well most people they deal with on a regular basis are not bad either ……………..so why do those people feel adversarial when dealing with cops today ? Technology is a two edged sword , but its technology that has made the problem come out of the shadows and into the light , and will have a huge hand in getting things fixed . There was once a time where people really did feel like America was indeed innocent until proven guilty , now the feeling is guilty to proven innocent . Some professions tend to attract certain types of people , stereotypes exist for a reason . Police have always tended to attract the bullies and power hungry , sort of like some of the trades tend to attract the not so bright . But in the case of LE , that needs to be screened and monitored , not to make their job harder , but because they have power , and keeping an eye on them is critical for the functioning of a free society .