Fatal police shootings are on the rise
Officer deaths up 14% despite decline in violent crime
By Kevin Johnson
WASHINGTON — Police officer deaths, including those fatally shot in the line of duty, are on pace to rise for the second straight year, despite a sustained decline in violent crime across the country.
Overall officer deaths are up 14% so far in 2011, while deadly shootings have increased by 33%, according to a midyear report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks law enforcement fatalities.
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