3/26/2011

Large increase in the number of police officers killed

During the first three months of 2011, 48 officers have been killed. This is about 4 times the rate in 2009. In 2010, it looks as if there were 67 cases.

"We're not seeing AK-47's, and we're not seeing high-capacity magazines," Baltimore Police Chief Fred Bealefeld said.
Some speculate that a combination of factors may be contributing to the uptick in cop shootings, including economic stresses, mental illness, drug use and alcoholism andlax sentencing of violent offenders, as well as a host of other socio-economic pathologies. . . .


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Number of victim officers 536
2000 - 51
2001 - 70
2002 - 56
2003 - 52
2004 - 57
2005 - 55
2006 - 48
2007 - 58
2008 - 41
2009 - 48

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Blogger Chas said...

We have a President Obama and an Attorney General Holder who arm Mexican criminals with AKs while "arming" our Border Patrol with bean bag guns. Have criminals been encouraged against law enforcement officers by the signals of support that they have been getting from the Obama White House? Of course, a real, live AK is more than just a "signal", isn't it?
Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation, and the misbehaving Professor Gates was cordially treated as the equal of the police officer he abused. I'm sure that there are many other instances that could be uncovered of active or passive support by the Obama administration for criminal misconduct.
Obama administration support for criminals and skepticism towards law enforcement may be behind this disturbing and unacceptable national increase in the murder of police officers.
We should have a chief law enforcement officer who actually supports law enforcement, not one who is at best merely diffident about it. Obama has been reluctant to fit the role that he was elected to fill.
However, while it may be too politically incorrect to ask why he is that way, the more important consideration is that there is a pattern of that happening, and that his re-election should be thwarted at the polls in the next election because of it. The President should be the nation's chief law enforcement officer, not the chief anti-law enforcement officer. Messages of sympathy and support have been repeatedly sent from the Obama White House to criminals, and the American people need to change that on Election Day 2012.

3/26/2011 6:00 AM  
OpenID DougHuffman said...

I suggest a correlation with the paramilitary violence of cops' first response. Consider, as a baseline, the violence of/to the unarmed Bobby.

Law enFORCEment seems to attract pathological personalities selling their own anti-social tendencies.

They like to characterize themselves as sheepdogs against the wolves, while they are the same 'dogs' with a different master.

3/26/2011 7:14 AM  

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