-- In 2014, 126 law enforcement officers were killed nationwide in the line of duty -- a 24% jump over 2013. Of those, 14 were in California. --
As long as the sense of us vs them dominates the policed and the police, things will grow worse. Everyone must work to restore a sense of community, in which there is only one side on which everyone works together. To be policed should mean to be protected, to be an officer should be as respected as being a soldier.
Instead of trying to identify one group upon whom all blame can be affixed, everyone must look to solutions. The bitter hatred of the military which dominated so much of the mid to late 20th century has transformed into respect; the same change can come to police forces, but it will not simply happen. We must work together to attain it.