Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Police Kill 350 People Annually

The SF Chronicle recently had an interesting story about police officers killing others in the line of duty. According to the SF Chronicle, police officers kill 350 people annually and tend to get acquitted of murder charges. Full story here.

In contrast, fifty-seven (57) law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in 2007. See FBI chart here. Another chart indicates that eighty-three (83) officers were accidentally killed in 2007, mainly because of traffic accidents.

Officers appear to die at a rate of 140 per year, while killing 350 people per year. Do law enforcement officer have safer jobs than most people think?

Update: I finally researched my theory about whether police officers have relatively safe jobs. My findings are HERE.

[Note: this post has been edited since its publication.]

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