This story is how I ended a very busy, news-filled 2014:
In his 21 years on the Marion, Ohio, police department, Jay McDonald has run into burning buildings, been shot at and rushed into houses with a SWAT team to serve warrants on armed suspects.
And one thing is certain: He doesn’t want any of his three children to follow in his professional footsteps — especially now, as anti-police sentiment sweeps the country following several high-profile cases of unarmed black men killed by white officers.
It’s a very frustrating profession,
” McDonald says. “I’ve dedicated my professional life to this community. … You’re in danger at any time. And now you’re in danger of being called a racist and have your integrity attacked. It is stressful.”
McDonald, like many of his rank-and-file brethren in police departments nationwide, says police feel under siege and demoralized by the bias against them…
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