Reinoe: "Police work isn't that dangerous"
My bet would be that there is a wide disparity in relative danger. Being a cop in Mayberry probably involves less danger than being an ice-cream salesman. Being a cop in LA, probably not so much. That's another reason why the good Reverend's insistence on national statistics is somewhat problematic - he's attempting to argue for average situations when cops are responding to local conditions.
I would concur with all of that.And statistically it's not as dangerous as...
Drinking the blood of AIDS patients
Rabies Antidote Tester.
My own personal issue is that when a cop messes up they're not held responsible. Making a cop responsible for their screw up takes a Herculean effort. Some people just don't like cops, I'm not actually one of them, despite what my posting history might imply. As a libertarian I want government agents held to a standard. Throwing destroying private property and insisting that their actions in public should not be recorded makes me all the more suspicious of them.