Ehh...that argument is a two way street though. How many professions have you put your life in danger by willingly and continuously confronting some of the worst scum in the country?
That doesn't excuse what happened here in any way. But the the way in which our society decides to "protest" now isn't right either. What we're seeing is the equivalent of a toddler kicking, screaming, and throwing a tantrum to get what they want. Even if they had a point, you can't give in to it because it just reinforces that that behavior gets results.
But that's how stupid we are as a country now. We have people in power who don't know how to act and people in the streets who don't know how to act. This is a sinking ship, folks. Might as well cue up the band.
No it doesn't go both ways. We've already established in the other thread that the chances of getting killed as a cop is highly unlikely considering the volume of encounters. Unless every cop is meeting the worst scum of the earth every time they walk up to someone, I don't see how any reasonable person can make that argument with a straight face. It's a total false equivalence.
Most people also seem to conflate protesting with rioting without thinking about the ratio. For someone that bitched about media portrayal previously, your opinion on the matter sure does seem shaped by it. I doubt the news channels are highlighting the protesters that are marching peacefully or trying to mitigate violence or even the cops instigating violence.
There is no such thing as having a 100% non-violent movement for social change especially when it comes to race. It never existed. People LOVE to throw fanservice on MLK, but he had Malcolm X and others forcing the issue. The same with Ghandi; he had anti-colonialists fucking shit up. The only thing being non-violent does is making it easier for those in power to you up.
If being non-violent and going through the system worked, we wouldn't have people acting "infantile." Which is a word I'd use to describe some people's "reasoning" behind those types of statements. Believe me, there's an entire army of people trying to do things the "right" way.
edit: Passive aggressiveness aside(mine), there's a reason why there's so much focus on the violent aspects and that's because it benefits those in power(political or economically) to do so. It helps them to put a burning cop car with black people running around on every form of media because it makes it easier for those to speak out in the power elite's interests as opposed to showing the street workers that pound pavement everyday trying to make their communities a better place. Even then, people will use that example to dismiss legitimate grievances of people that act out by not seeing how the problems are bigger than those actors.