Po’ Lease

1,029 people have been killed by the police in 2014 – about a 30 percent increase over last year – 2013 marked a two-decade high in killings by police – the U.S. government doesn’t track how many people are killed by the police – the FBI tracks “justifiable” police homicides, which it reports to be about 400 per year, but that tally is an undercount – only 750 agencies contribute to the database, a fraction of the 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States – of the roughly 400 reported police killings annually, an average of 96 involved a white police officer killing a black person – 18% of the blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites – 41 U.S. officers were charged with either murder or manslaughter in connection with an on-duty shooting between 2005 and 2011, for comparison, the FBI reported a total of 2,718 “justified homicides” by law enforcement officers during that seven-year time period. 27 police officers were killed on-duty in 2013, according to the FBI.

In 2012, there were 780,000 police officers in the US – In 2013, there were 316 million people in the US.

So, 1029 police killings out of 780,000 police officers, serving a population of 316 million. Not a bad record.


  • There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female.
  • According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2011, a four percent decrease from 2010.
  • Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 20,267 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
  • A total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year. There were 100 law enforcement officers killed in 2013.
  • On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.
  • The 1920s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,390 officers died, or an average of almost 239 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 297 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 162 per year.
  • The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
  • New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 697 deaths. Texas has lost 1,675 officers, more than any other state. The state with the fewest deaths is Vermont, with 22.
  • There are 1,081 federal officers listed on the Memorial, as well as 622 correctional officers and 32 military law enforcement officers.
  • There are 275 female officers listed on the Memorial; four female officers were killed in 2013.
  • During the past ten years, more incidents that resulted in felonious fatalities occurred on Thursday than any other day of the week. The fewest number of felonious incidents occurred on Tuesday.


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