While the shooting of citizens by law enforcement officers is still controversial, the alarming new trend seems to be the killing of law enforcement officers by terrorists. The Federal Bureau of Investigation tracks these types of events and produces an annual statistical publication called Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted:
report also includes statistics on officers accidentally killed and
federal officers killed and assaulted. According to the most recent
statistics, in 2012 almost as many officers died from accidents as from
"felonious incidents." On the classic cop show Hill Street Blues Sgt.
Esterhaus used to tell his colleagues, "Let's be careful out there."
Given today's climate, let's be *extra* careful out there.