Violent attacks against Central Fla. officers soaring this year

By Walter Pacheco
The Orlando Sentinel

FLORIDA More police officers are being kicked, punched and beaten across Central Florida this year, and local and state law-enforcement officials expect the numbers to keep rising.

Opinions differ on the reasons an increasing crime rate, a focus on thwarting violent criminals and even just having more law officers on the street. But officers and deputies agree on one thing: They're frustrated with the trend.

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