Chicago Police officers have shot 40 people this year, nearly as many as in all of 2010.
No one knows for sure why police-involved shootings are up.
And here's a statistic that ought to give everyone pause:
- Police point to statistics that show aggravated assaults and batteries on police officers have risen from 739 in 2000 to 1,789 last year.
And someone agrees with our take on things:
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden was more certain of why police-involved shootings have climbed this year, leaving at least 16 people dead — compared to the 13 people killed in all of 2010.
“There’s no fear of the police,” Camden said.
He also said a shortage of police officers is a factor.
“Trust me, when you have more visibility, when you have more two-man cars, this kind of thing doesn’t happen as much,” he said.
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