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Sunday, December 14, 2014

“Don't Insult My Sacrifice”

Don't Insult My Sacrifice is the title of an online petition posted by the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.  “Don't Insult My Sacrifice” is New York's Finest's pouting thrust-out-your-lower-lip stamp-your-feet way of saying to Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito “Don't come to my funeral if I get killed in the line of duty.”  The petition accuses the mayor and city council speaker of “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve.”

[rolls eyes]

OK, first of all, I'm not downplaying the risks of a law enforcement career, or the unimaginable heartbreak of family members when a loved one doesn't come home one night.  But this kind of anguish occurs any time anyone gets killed in the line of duty.

And that brings us to a well-documented but little-known fact:  There are millions and millions of everyday working Americans whose jobs are much more dangerous than that of a police officer.

Check this out.  And bookmark it, and forward it to everyone you know.

Nationally, the overall mortality risk (per 100,000 workers) is 3.5 for ALL occupations.

In California (presumably not too different from the rest of the country), the mortality risk for police officers and sheriffs is 4.9 per 100,000.

For a little perspective, the mortality risk for commercial fishermen is 127.3.  Roofers — 34.1.  Construction workers — 26.8.  Landscapers — 15.6.  Taxi drivers and chauffeurs — 19.7.

Anyway, you get the idea.  Yes, police officers — like workers in many other occupations — sometimes get killed in the line of duty.  But this does not in any way justify the hatred directed at anyone who dares to criticize the uncalled-for brutality of a rogue police officer.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the well known Secret is out! Only known to anyone who's been checking the statistics all these decades. Miner and Factory Worker are more dangerous professions then cop or fireman. However they are the masters of exploiting the situation- no doubt you've seen the elaborate funerals with participation from all over the country in some cases.

And I had a cousin that died as a Fireman on duty so I know of which I speak!

A few years back four Oakland Policemen were killed in a shootout and they requested in their last testaments that then Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums NOT be allowed to speak at their (publicly paid) funeral which are used as stages to talk about how dangerous their jobs are and their continuing fights against Evil!


December 14, 2014 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Chip Korngiebel said...

Its not the deaths but the murder of those who protect us from chaos.....

December 15, 2014 at 2:25 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I always thought crop duster was the most deadly occupation, but I didn't see it on the list. But almost every blue collar job is more dangerous than law enforcement, including driving/delivery jobs. It sounds like the most dangerous part of a police officer's job is the daily commute to and from the precinct.

I didn't know that about Ron Dellums being "uninvited" to police funerals, but it figures. And I'm sure police funerals are stages for propaganda. Same with police dramas on TV. I loved Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Cagney and Lacey, Law and Order SVU; but I know these programs are sending out messages. All cops are scared shitless of Internal Affairs, they all bend over backwards to make sure they never ever get out of line or violate a suspect's rights. Riiight.

December 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM  

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