Nation: Police: Tales of Three Cities

Policemen do society's dirty and dangerous jobs for modest remuneration and less gratitude. In this troubled time particularly, they are trapped in a crossfire of contending factions, vulnerable to criticism for being too harsh or too easy. They have also become the targets of physical attack, and behind their badges they fear and bleed as anyone else would. The difference is that for them there is no escape from combat. Last week, New York City's police headquarters was bombed. Though only 13 people were hurt, none seriously, the incident could easily have been...

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