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Jesus Malverde

(10,274 posts)
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:33 PM Dec 2013

2013: Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms Since 1887

Source: AP

The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday.

The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.

According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012.

Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms.

The number of firearms deaths fell 33 percent in 2013 and was the lowest since 1887.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/2013-fewest-police-deaths-firearms-1887-21369151

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(68,644 posts)
1. "The report credits an increased culture of safety among law-enforcement agencies"
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:37 PM
Dec 2013

It's a shame that we don't do much more to instill a sense of safety among civilians, students, parents, etc.

Unfortunately, efforts to do so are often met with resistance and we end up with stupid careless people with guns.

Lowest since 1887??? Wow!!!

Thanks for posting.

Jesus Malverde

(10,274 posts)
3. I suspect the number of citizens killed by the police, has never been higher.
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:40 PM
Dec 2013

Excluding the Native American genocides, and slavery..


(5,738 posts)
5. I can't find nationwide statistics, but...
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:52 PM
Dec 2013

...this is from Philadelphia. What I find interesting is the police were assaulted with a weapon in the first 9 months of this year 169 times and assaulted 589 times but only responded by shooting 34 times. This was out of a total of 2.5 million dispatched calls.



(6,785 posts)
6. Does that mean that now when a cop caps a random
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:57 PM
Dec 2013

minority for no reason whatsoever we don't have to listen to a bunch of stupid whining about how it's such a dangerous and thankless job? Probably not.

marble falls

(58,908 posts)
7. Maybe now we can start to move the arguments about gun control on both sides from a mispercieved....
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 04:35 PM
Dec 2013

increasing chance of gun violence and death to who is allowed to own guns. Gun violence (and violent crime) has been going down for the last 30 years. Maybe we can start to do something about the gun violence by cops which seems to have been increasing in the last 10 or 15 years. I say seems because no one I can find is collecting this information.

Though the NYT says police shooting incidents are increasing there:



(5,738 posts)
8. This is the New York City Police report from 2012
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 05:59 PM
Dec 2013

It makes for interesting reading. It's sad to see that 9 of the 105 discharges were due to suicides or attempted suicides. While the numbers increased from 2011 to 2012, the trend in police weapons discharges has been downward. The highest number of shooting incidents of all types in NYC happened in 1972 with 994. There has been an almost 10 fold decrease since then.



(14,407 posts)
13. In years gone by, yes. Today, probably not so much.
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 01:10 AM
Dec 2013

In the late 1980s body armor became wearable to point most would wear it all the time, even in hot, humid climates.

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