Fatal police shootings are on the rise

Officer deaths up 14% despite decline in violent crime


By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY

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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