I sometimes get flak from police officers and other people about stories I write that cast the police in a nagative light. But in daily newspaper reporting, it is what it is -- the bad comes with the good.
I recently wrote a story about how a perp tried to take away an officer's gun during a struggle at a traffic stop. This gun could have easily been turned against the officer, and another name would have been added to the Officer Down memorial wall.
In addition to linking that story http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/111210/new_734843961.shtml
I'm including a previous story I wrote about the same officer, when he saved a man's life. That stabbing victim was no angel himself, and it goes to show how our police officers risk their lives each and every day, and the same people they work to protect can turn on them in a second.