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AG Holder: 2011 Duty Deaths 'Simply Unacceptable'

March 22, 2011  | 

U.S. attorneys will begin meeting with local law enforcement officials around the country to reduce a spike in duty deaths Attorney General Eric Holder called "simply unacceptable" on Tuesday.

Duty deaths have spiked in 2011 with a 20% increase through March 22 compared to 2010. So far in 2011, 49 officers have died in the line of duty, according to preliminary data from NLEOMF. The spike in duty deaths began in 2010 after a two-year decline. There were 162 LODDs, 45 more than 2009.

In 2011, 23 officers have died from gunfire, 15 from traffic accidents, and 11 from other causes. Of the 21 states that have lost officers, Florida has had the most with 10. New York and Ohio have had five.

The data did not count the fatal shooting of Athens (Ga.) Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian today in a shootout with a carjacking suspect.

On Tuesday, Holder met with law enforcement officials from 31 agencies, including Charles Ramsey, the Philadelphia police commissioner; Cathy Lanier, the Washington police chief; and Ray Kelly, the New York City police commissioner, reports Business Week.

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Rick @ 3/22/2011 5:49 PM

National reciprocity of CCW for all citizens would help cull the bad guys quickly.

Charlie Racine @ 3/22/2011 5:54 PM

I don't understand the hand wringing on the part of Mr Holder. It seems that the chief in Miami is doing the right thing - the bad guys are dying not police officers and the chief's being crucified.

Jordan @ 3/23/2011 8:43 AM

Maybe if the AUSAs weren't trying to challenge Graham v Connor and intimidating officers, the officers wouldn't be hesitating.

Morning Eagle @ 3/23/2011 9:36 AM

I am surprised holder even noticed enough to mention it. He is about the poorest excuse ever to head the DOJ but we have to remember he was janet reno's deputy back in the good ol' clinton years. There he learned it is easier to sick his wolf pack of intrepid prosecutors after LEO's for some nebulous infringement of the 'civil rights' of some low-life crook than it is to actually go after the high and mighty that are really damaging our country. I mean nothing against the agents on the front lines, it is just sad that they have such a phony for a boss.

Jairo @ 3/23/2011 11:04 AM

I live in Venezuela and we do not have these type of incidents because the SOP is that we approach with weapons on ready (no time to play - wrong move on the side of the criminal means that they may get shot) and the criminals know that this is the case so they do not try to play games with us. I have seen four officers get shot while on duty, one sargeant friend of mine was killed... it is sad to hear that so many officers in US are being shot by criminals - my respects to the family members and to all of my fellow brothers and sisters out in the great USA.

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