pState: LA County Cops fatally shot 54 People Last Year, nearly 70% Jump from the Previous Year!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Tue, 06/12/2012 - 21:24
"With 612 people killed in the county last year, nearly 1 in every 10 such deaths occurred at the hands of law enforcement officers."
Killings by police in L.A. County jump sharply
Local law enforcement officers fatally shot 54 people last year, nearly 70% more than the year before.
By Joel Rubin and Sarah Ardalani, Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2012
The first deadly encounter of 2011 came quickly for police in Los Angeles County, when an officer killed an armed burglar on the second day of the year. The last person to be killed by police that year was shot a few days after Christmas in Palos Verdes after he allegedly beat his elderly father and pretended to point a gun at officers.
Between these ill-fated bookends, 52 other people throughout the county were shot fatally by police throughout 2011 — significantly more law enforcement killings than the county typically experiences. Compared with the prior year, the 54 deaths amounted to a nearly 70% increase.
The high number of killings last year underscores a pronounced jump in the overall number of occasions in which officers fired their weapons at suspects. For example, the 63 shootings by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2011 were a nearly 60% increase over the previous year.
The rise in killings by police is all the more notable because it occurred at a time when the overall number of homicides in the area had fallen to historic lows. With 612 people killed in the county last year, nearly 1 in every 10 such deaths occurred at the hands of law enforcement officers.