As a former cop, interacting with people under challenging
circumstances was part of the reward of the job. People saw you as a
protector, a problem solver, someone they could trust. We were all aware
of the history of policing and repression, but we were proud of the
fact that we could transcend mistrust by actions, not just words.
you take trust away, what’s the point of being a cop? Yes, video
evidence gives us pause at times while we shake our heads at the actions
of some officers, but an estimated 40 million U.S. residents age 16 or
older, or about 17 percent of the population, had a face-to-face contact
with a police officer in one year. Among people who had face-to-face
contact, about nine out of 10 residents felt the police were respectful
or acted properly, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
So the essential question is, do we trust cops?