Officer Shootings Have Law Enforcement Officials Worried


USA Today reports that officer shootings are up sharply in the U.S. this year and that law enforcement officials suggest that an increasing number of suspects are adopting a troubling disregard for cops. Miami Police Chief John Timoney describes the phenomenon as an emerging “hunter” mentality among criminals.

As of Tuesday, 60 officers had been fatally shot this year, up 54 percent from the same period last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. There already have been more fatal shootings of officers this year than in all of 2006, when there were 52 such slayings, a decline from 59 in 2005.


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