Firstly, I propose a new "rule": No criticising a profession unless you're willing to do their job!
Firstly, this is ridiculous, and I'm really not sure how you think that enters a nuanced debate.
You only say its ridiculous because it doesn't match your preconceived socio-political agenda. Normally I would tell people they should keep their personal agendas out of such debates, but it's your website so you can write whatever you want.
Do you have to physically do the job or just say you will? When are you suiting for the Wildcats?
Maybe I'm giving you too much credit, but you surely couldn't be that ignorant. Perhaps you're just too accustomed to the standard lefty tactic of ridiculing those who disagree instead of debating the actual issue.
Whether you agree with it or not, (which is your choice) the point I made is clear.
As they old saying goes, don't criticise people until you've "walked a mile in their shoes". (Or words to that effect.)
And as I clearly said, the key word is "willing."
I'd be WILLING to play professional BBall, I'd be WILLING to be PM, and (constitutional impediments not withstanding) I'd be WILLING to be President of the USA.
Would YOU be willing to be a cop in an impoverished US city? Cos I sure as hell wouldn't.
One of the biggest problems in America, is that so many functions, including Hospitals, Schools, Police and Emergency Services, are the responsibility of the municipality.
So the overcrowded impoverished cities of the Rust-Belt, where you have rampant unemployment, poverty, drugs, and crime. Where obviously you need a large well-trained police force, are unfortunately the very same cities that can't afford it.
Its even worse because in many cases the poorer municipalities were the "working class" dormitories, and they have been even harder hit by decades of economic decline.
I' sure that even those cities have a lot of good police officers, good people motivated to help their communities. But those police forces also attract people who "get off" on the power of carrying a badge and gun, and there's also just a lot of people who could not get a semi-reasonable paying job anywhere else.
And then you have the guns. The firearms industry in the USA is worth billions, and every year they churn out millions (That's right MILLIONS) of new guns. The ultimate result is that the country is awash in guns, and even if you can't simply buy or steal one, the grey and black markets are also awash.
Every day in the USA on average 150+ officers are assaulted, and one is killed every 2 days.
I'm not condoning the actions of bad cops, anymore that I condone the actions of any other criminal.
But nor am I going to sit back here, in my safe, affluent, privileged Australian existence and pronounce judgement on people living in a completely different world.