In 2019, 1,004 people were killed by police shootings according to The Washington Post, and 1,098 people were killed by police in total according to the “Mapping Police Violence” project.
The total population of the US in 2019 was approximately 328 million.
1967 - 1982
“ . . . the frequency of deadly force looks quite small. There are 17,000 police departments in the United States, and American police have killed somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 people over the last 15 years. Thus, arithmetic indicates that most police departments have killed nobody over the last 15 years. There are nearly a half million sworn police personnel in this country, and they encounter thousands of potentially violent situations every day, but even the greatest estimates of killings by police indicate that fewer than one in 60 officers have killed anybody over the last 15 years. Further, the limited data available suggest that most police shootings take place in large cities, so that rates of police killings in America’s small jurisdictions are probably far lower than this ….”
By JJ Fife, 1982 https://www.ojp.gov [U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs]
The total population of the US in 1982 was approximately 232 million.
From the staff writers at thinlinenews.com, April 12, 2022
“There’s a special place in our hearts for working K9’s, whether they serve in the military, as a Police officer, with Search and Rescue, or in any other capacity. There’s also a special place in hell for someone who would take the life of these incredible heroes.
“Officer Major, a Franklin County Sheriff’s Department K9 from Oxford North Carolina, died in the line of duty this last week while trying to apprehend an armed robbery suspect.
“The suspect, 21-year-old William Darius Eichelberger, was being hunted for allegedly stealing a car at gunpoint. Local law enforcement located the vehicle later in the day, but Eichelberger was nowhere to be found.
“The next day, Officers responded to a suspicious fire and ended up locating Eichelberger in a crawlspace of the burning residence. K9 Officer Major was brought in as part of a specialized team to search the confined space and apprehend the suspect.
“As the Officers moved in, Eichelberger opened fire. Major was fatally wounded in the ensuing gunfight.
“Major’s fellow Officers returned fire, but Eichelberger was not hit, likely because of his position of cover. No other Law Enforcement personnel were injured.”
From the staff writers at thinlinenews.com, April 7, 2022
“The Aurora Colorado Police Chief was fired this week for failing to keep the department properly balanced. Instead, Vanessa Wilson spent her time focused on diversity among officers and addressing racial bias. Her goal was focused entirely on the perception of Law Enforcement instead of the actual act of policing her city.
“This does not mean that diversity among Police Officers is bad. It does not mean that racial bias is a good thing. But the firing of Vanessa Wilson is what happens when a Police Department only focuses on community perception and fails to keep the community safe.
“An external audit of the Aurora Police Department found that there was a backlog of over 2,500 uninvestigated reports of car jackings, child abuse, and murders. This has resulted in several of the suspects re-offending, committing crimes that should never have happened.
“This means that people experienced real trauma because of Wilson’s failure.
“The hardworking Aurora Police Officers have been shackled for years now. Hopefully, with the impending appointment of a new Chief, the department will get back on track and Officers will be empowered to work with their community in true Community Policing fashion.”
Rindy formed Personal Safety Seminars on Nextdoor, which I joined.
According to WGAL, a 34-year-old man fired on four police officers in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, seriously wounded two, and killed one, 63-year-old Lt. William Lebo, who was set to retire in one month on May 1, 2022. A police officer had not been killed there in the line of duty since 1903. If unarmed social workers had responded to the domestic violence call instead of police, which is what defunding the police advocates are calling for, how many more bodies would there have been? The killer was released from prison in December 2021 and lost his life there at the scene.
JD, former patrol officer