Like all positions of authority, being a police officer is a position that can be abused. And sometimes is. And such abuses need to be dealt with, swiftly. Like all positions filled by human beings, it can be corrupted by prejudice and bias. And that too must be addressed. We must strive for police departments staffed by folks willing to recognize their own personal prejudices and learn to rise above them in order to serve and protect all people.
But that said, and it is not in any way to be considered unimportant, when an officer pursuing his or her duty, pays for that dedication with his or her life, we all do well to pause and reflect. We do well to remember that a real sacrifice has been made.