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Title: The 2017 Statistics Just Came Out... And The "War On Cops" Is Officially A Myth
Source: Zero Hedge/The AntiMedia
URL Source: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018 ... t-and-war-cops-officially-myth
Published: May 11, 2018
Author: Carey Wedler
Post Date: 2018-05-13 12:03:01 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 510
Comments: 19

Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.com,

Though right-wing commentators continue to decry the ‘war on cops,’ the latest data released by the country’s top law enforcement undermines that alarmist narrative.

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According to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, released this week, there were fewer police deaths in 2017 than in 2016. In 2016, 118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty while in 2017, that number was 93.

More telling is the type of death the officers suffered. Last year, 46 officers were killed “feloniously” on the job while 47 died in accidents. As the FBI’s press release noted, “Both numbers have decreased from 2016, during which 66 officers were feloniously killed and 52 were accidentally killed, for a total of 118 line-of-duty deaths.”

The data is collected from “local, state, tribal, campus, and federal law enforcement agencies from around the country, as well as organizations that track officer deaths.”

A closer look at the statistics reveals further just how nonexistent the war on cops actually is. Of the 46 officers feloniously killed on the job, five were ambushed (defined as “entrapment/premeditation” by the FBI) and 3 were victims of unprovoked attacks. Twenty-one died during “investigative or enforcement activities,” which include traffic stops, investigating suspicious persons, or tactical situations.

In other words, they were killed doing the jobs they signed up to do (consider the popular refrain that ‘cops risk their lives’ — that’s part of the job description), though police officer does not even crack the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States.

The takeaway here is that while some officers die on the job - and that is unfortunate - the deliberate sentiment to kill officers simply because they are police officers is not on the rise.

Thirty-five officers died in car accidents — more than four times the number killed by ambushes and unprovoked attacks (eight) — and according to the FBI, “of the 29 officers killed in automobile accidents, 12 were wearing seatbelts, and 15 were not,” though two of the officers not wearing seatbelts were sitting in parked cars.  Regardless, more officers died in car accidents while not wearing seatbelts (a violation of the laws they enforce, as it happens) than died as a result of flagrant attacks on their lives isolated from situational circumstances.

Further, the total number of officers killed by accident far dwarfs the number killed in ambushes or unprovoked attacks, and the total is still greater than all law enforcement deaths recorded in the annual report.Alternate text if image doesn't load

Further still, the number of cops killed feloniously was higher in 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 than it was last year, suggesting the rate of cop murders is subject to fluctuation and not consistently on the rise.

In another relevant detail, zero federal law enforcement agents were killed in 2017. In 2016, one was killed.

Despite the ongoing claims that police are under assault (as they continue to assault the public) — and despite congressional action to designate killing police officers a hate crime — for yet another year, this war on cops notion is proving to be nothing more than a myth. (2 images)

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#2. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

Consistent with the steady drops in previous years, despite a regular attempt to deceive the public into believing that officer homicides are on the rise.

As always, cops and firemen and soldiers/sailors/airmen do not make the list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America. They're around the 18th-20th usually. So when we see the annual rush of hysteria over (non-existent) rise of violence against cops, we always see a listing of more dangerous jobs in America.

CheatSheet: Work Is Killing You: 10 of America’s Deadliest Jobs, 3/27/18

. . .

To figure out which jobs are the most deadly, we dug through data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor. Annual numbers relating to workplace injuries and fatalities (there were 4,836 in 2015) are released by the government. And by using those numbers, we can piece together a list of the deadliest jobs. Here are the top 10.

10. Landscaping and lawn care

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, looking at data from 2015, shows occupations related to lawn care and landscaping as the 10th deadliest industry in America. The fatal work injury rate, which looks at the number of fatal accidents per 100,000 workers, is 18.1 for the landscaping industry. Although it seems fairly innocuous, there are a lot of blades, chemicals, and heavy machinery that can cause disastrous outcomes in this industry.

9. Linemen

“Linemen” is a term commonly used to describe utility workers — specifically, those who work on power lines. The Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers refer to this occupation as “power-line installers and repairers.” And these are the men and women you see in cherry-pickers working on power lines. It’s obvious this job is inherently dangerous when you’re working with heights, heavy machinery, and a shocking amount of electricity.

8. Farmers

The fatal work injury rate among farmers and ranchers is 22 per 100,000 workers. So, fatal accidents aren’t incredibly common, but the odds are higher than in most occupations. And again, this is a job that puts you into close contact with all sorts of potentially dangerous things. Large machinery, chemicals, and live animals can all present potential disasters, for example.

7. Truck drivers

With a fatal work injury rate of 24.3 per 100,000, drivers (including truck drivers) are the seventh-deadliest job in America. There are millions of people who make a living through driving. Whether they’re delivering goods or giving people rides, this is an incredibly popular profession. And it’s one that is evidently very dangerous. And let’s not forget it’s one that might disappear altogether in the near future.

6. Iron and steelworkers

Iron and steel workers have a long and storied history in parts of the country. They’ve also seen their industry decline with increased globalization. It’s a dangerous gig, too, and other countries don’t have safety standards that are as stringent as ours. Even so, there’s a high rate of deadly accidents among iron and steel workers. The fatal work injury rate among these workers is just under 30 per 100,000.

5. Garbage collectors

Emilio Estevez made the garbage man job look kind of fun. Perhaps it is — just imagine all of the fun and fantastic treasures you could find. Regardless of the fun, it’s dangerous. Chalk it up to long hours on the road, dodging cars and traffic, and dealing with hazardous and toxic refuse. The fatal work injury rate among these employees is 38.8 per 100,000.

4. Roofers

Roofing is a tough gig. You’re out in the elements (usually under a burning, unforgiving sun) all day, and one wrong move can send you plummeting the ground. You’re also dealing with tools and machines, all of which can hack off a limb. For these reasons, roofing is a dangerous and deadly job. The fatal work injury rate among roofers is 39.7 per 100,000.

3. Pilots

Pilots and flight engineers are high on the list — surprisingly so. Although we all know airplanes crash on occasion, it’s not like there are huge disasters on a daily basis. Evidently, though, many pilots and engineers are killed while on the job. The fatal work injury rate among this group of people is 40.4 per 100,000, good enough for a spot among the top three deadliest jobs.

2. Fisherman

This one should come as no surprise. There are even TV shows — most notably, Deadliest Catch — that chronicle just how dangerous and deadly the lives of fishermen can be. And it’s no joke. Folks working in this notoriously tough industry do die on the job at an alarming rate. The fatal work injury rate for those working in fishing and related industries is 54.8 per 100,000.

1. Loggers

Stars of another reality series, Ax Men, work in the nation’s deadliest occupation: logging. Loggers are killed on the job more often than any other worker. Falling trees, heavy machinery, exposure to the elements — there’s no lack of danger in the forest. And the number of workers killed annually is way higher than any other job on this list. The fatal work injury rate for loggers is a whopping 132.7 per 100,000.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-13   12:28:51 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Tooconservative (#2)

Yeah, well, no one is intentionally trying to murder them because of who they are.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-05-13   18:59:28 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: misterwhite (#4) (Edited)

Yeah, well, no one is intentionally trying to murder them because of who they are.

So? Dead is dead. You'll feel better if killed by a logging accident in a remote forest and bleeding out before you can get to hospital than you would if you were a cop that died on-duty getting hit by a car on an interstate?

You overestimate how comforting it is to the families of lumberjacks or fishermen or farmers that at least they didn't die because someone intended it to happen.

And about as many cops get killed on-duty due to accidents, not to hostiles trying to kill them.

C'mon, when even landscapers get killed (a lot) more than cops, your whole cop-worship fetish just collapses like a pile of rotten doo-doo.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   0:36:31 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Tooconservative (#5)

So? Dead is dead.

If that's your attitude, then why even look at the number of deaths by occupation? Dead is dead.

If I take a job as a lumberjack, I accept the statistical fact that I may die. But, as a lumberjack, I don't accept people hiding behind trees trying to shoot me from ambush.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-05-14   8:37:16 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: misterwhite (#6)

If I take a job as a lumberjack, I accept the statistical fact that I may die. But, as a lumberjack, I don't accept people hiding behind trees trying to shoot me from ambush.

So you admit there is no difference between a lumberjack dying and a cop dying.


Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   8:44:28 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: Tooconservative (#7)

So you admit there is no difference between a lumberjack dying and a cop dying.

I will, given the normal risks of the job. But when you throw in snipers firing from ambush, there is a difference.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-05-14   9:22:50 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: misterwhite (#8)

I will, given the normal risks of the job. But when you throw in snipers firing from ambush, there is a difference.

The difference is that more than 10 times as many lumberjacks are dying as cops dying on the job.

And yet, lost in your deep cop fetish, you think that is comparable.

So a lumberjack's life is worth, what, 5% of what a cop's life is worth in your opinion? Or is it worth even less than that?

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14   12:39:37 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#11. To: Tooconservative (#9)

The difference is that more than 10 times as many lumberjacks are dying as cops dying on the job.

In 2016, 91 loggers died. 900 had non-fatal injuries.

That same year, 108 police officers died. 28,740 had non-fatal injuries.

Homicides accounted for 45 percent of fatal work injuries for police officers in 2014, but only 8 percent for all occupations.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-05-14   12:56:25 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

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#13. To: misterwhite (#11)

In 2016, 91 loggers died. 900 had non-fatal injuries.

That same year, 108 police officers died. 28,740 had non-fatal injuries.

Cops vastly outnumber loggers. You don't want to cite those numbers, do you?

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-14 13:07:48 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

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