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Police Are Trained to Fear

As a former cop, I know why so many carry out their work with an “us versus them” mentality

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2000, I was a rookie patrol cop in the Baltimore Police Department. Everything I’d learned from six months in the police academy and another month of field training was still fresh in my head. I fancied myself as a squared-away, polished-looking crime fighter at…