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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

11 Law Enforcement Officers Killed

While many in the nation, from Oakland to New York, rally in protest over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I keep wondering: What about the good cops? As with our military personnel, we are often quick to hang the allegedly corrupt but slow to honor those who serve honestly to protect.

According to the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 of them who are serving in the United States; about 12 percent are women.

The FBI reported that there were 404 incidents of “justifiable homicide” by American police in 2011. That is a high number, especially when compared with other countries. As Business Insider reported, “by comparison, just six people were killed by police in Australia over the same period. Police in England and Wales killed only two people, and German police killed six.”

What BI doesn’t explain, however, is that 150 U.S. law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty every year. Did you know that one cop is killed in the line of duty roughly every two days?

First, it’s important to note what our uniformed guardians of good are really up against. According to the NLEOMF, in the U.S.: –“According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2011.”

–“On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.”



Anonymous said...

404 is a low number. but we may never know the true number kill by police since they under report and some don't report their numbers at all.

And no agency reports the number of "unjustified" shootings by police.

Anonymous said...

lmao talk about mixing up the numbers. Killed in the line of duty could be slipping in the shower while on training. 400+ justified homicides by police, How many unjustified shooting were there? 58K assaults against police verses millions of assaults by police against civilians! I call Total BS on this one!

Anonymous said...

It’s basically a spreadsheet that lists every person killed by cops in the years 2013 and 2014. In addition to naming those killed, it also provides a link to media reports for each of the killings, age, sex and race if available.

The information available on the site begins in May of 2013 and runs through now. The novel idea of monitoring the number of police killings through news reports has shown to be a much better accounting of deaths at the hands of cops than the voluntary FBI system.