The shooting in Dallas revived conversations about how dangerous it is to be a police officer. But, data indicate that while it is undoubtedly a dangerous job, it's less dangerous now than at any point since at least the Reagan administration.
At least four people have died in the backs of private prison transport vans since 2012 — two from ulcers that coroners later said could have been easily treated. Another dozen prisoners and guards have died in crashes since 2000.
Race, racism and privilege are central themes this summer, but they're anything but new. Only now, more people are recognizing there is a problem with the way justice and opportunity are present in the US.