Researcher: Despite police perception, officer killings have gone down


After an officer shot and killed a man who charged at him with knives Friday night, Police Chief Art Acevedo voiced his worries over what he described as a distressing increase in violence against officers across the country.

“You look at the national level, there has been an alarmingly large increase in the felonious murders of police officers throughout the nation,” Acevedo told reporters Friday after the incident. “We’ve had more officers killed this year — significantly higher numbers killed this year — and so I’m worried.”

While the number of officers killed in the first four months of the year has increased compared to the same period last year, statistics point to a consistent decrease in the number of officers killed in criminal acts over the last four decades, a criminal data researcher told the American-Statesman Monday. <Read More>