For 2015 The Guardian has been keeping close record of police related deaths through a highly descriptive database
One of the things that become clear when you analyze the data there is that many of the people killed were armed and dangerous. For example James Boulware:
“Boulware fired shots at the Dallas police headquarters from an armored vehicle before ramming a police vehicle and leading officers on a chase. Police attempted to negotiate with Boulware, and when those talks broke off he was shot by a Swat sniper. Explosive devices were found in Boulware’s vehicle and at police headquarters. Both were disarmed.”
However – as much as it may become necessary to take out a criminal who intends to kill innocent people, it has become clear that punishing police brutality/negligence is not as mandatory.
Since the events at Ferguson last year it has become obvious that police simply don’t share the same level of accountability as most citizens, even when compared to marines in the army, who are trained to use deadly force.
From cover ups, to recorded power trips, to involvement with the Klu Klux Klan – the trust people have in law enforcement is being eaten away by scandal after scandal after scandal (minus those who never could trust the police in the first place).
For me the most agonizing factor is the fact that proper training for police works! So it’s not as though there is no solution in sight.
At the same time, we have to hold ourselves accountable as well. The blood of those lost is equally on our hands when we as citizens don’t demand stricter gun regulation.
Anyway, I’m rambling at this point. I don’t think there are too many protesters who are 100% anti-police? But a lot of work has to get done to heal the wound left on American consciousness by law enforcement.