What do the mid-year stats mean for American cops?

We’ve all seen the headlines: “Police officer deaths down 41 percent at mid year!” Unquestionably, this is good news for American law enforcement, however, let’s not forget a few key facts:

June 2008 was the second deadliest month of the year with 13 officers killed in the line of duty. Not since 2002 have we lost more than one officer to an edged weapons attack, and yet already this year we’ve lost two correctional officers who were stabbed to death within five days of each other on opposite ends of the country; the female officer was also raped.

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