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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.

If 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?


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