Regardless, police spokesmen, Fox News hosts such Sean Hannity, and politicians such as Ted Cruz are quick to say that Goforth’s killing by an in-custody suspect with a long rap sheet of violent assaults and mental problems is proof positive of a “war on cops.”

It bears repeating: There is no war on cops. There is a long overdue and very welcome national conversation about criminal justice reform and more going on. That’s partly due to new forms of media that allow citizens to document how police do their job and, to their credit, it’s also because police departments all over the country are trying to stop a long slide in citizen confidence.