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FBI: 72 Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Last Year
FBI ^ | November 19, 2012

Posted on 11/19/2012 9:35:44 AM PST by Zakeet


Making the Ultimate Sacrifice

Report on Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Released

Tragically, during 2011, 72 law enforcement officers from around the nation were killed in the line of duty, while another 53 officers died in accidents while performing their duties. And 54,774 officers were assaulted in the line of duty…all according to our just-released annual report Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2011Here’s a look at some of the data collected for this report:

Our Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report is intended to provide law enforcement agencies with detailed descriptions of circumstances leading to officer fatalities. This data can then be incorporated into police training programs to help officers stay safe during similar situations.

The primary goal of our overall LEOKA program is to reduce incidents of law enforcement deaths and assaults. In addition to its annual report, the program also offers an officer safety awareness training course that provides potentially life-saving information to help law enforcement personnel enhance their situational awareness during activities like arrests, traffic stops, foot pursuits, ambushes, and other high-risk encounters that police face on a daily basis.

Beyond services provided by the LEOKA program, the FBI offers other training initiatives geared towards officer safety to our law enforcement partners.

For example:

In addition to the above training, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC)—accessed by more than 92,000 agencies—offers a measure of protection for law enforcement as well, particularly through its recently added Violent Persons File. Once fully populated with data from our users, a quick response from an online NCIC query can warn officers on the spot if, during a routine traffic stop or another type of encounter, they come across an individual who has a violent criminal history or who has previously threatened law enforcement.

The release of this latest LEOKA report clearly demonstrates what we already know—despite the dangers of law enforcement, the profession continues to attract brave men and women willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011review; fbi; leo; officerdown; police; sacrifice; zot
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1 posted on 11/19/2012 9:35:52 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
Tree trimmers die 15 times more frequently per man hour worked than do police officers. Fishermen in Alaska more than that.
2 posted on 11/19/2012 9:39:28 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Zakeet

I wonder how many convenience store workers were killed in the line of duty last year.


3 posted on 11/19/2012 9:39:58 AM PST by TruthBeforeAll (Liberals love to do what is "best" for you, even if it kills you.)
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To: Zakeet

Still doesn’t crack the top 10 list of most dangerous jobs. The guy fixing your leaky roof is many times more likely to get killed on the job than a LEO.


4 posted on 11/19/2012 9:43:15 AM PST by wrench
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To: Zakeet

I wonder how big the wedge for “attempting to seized guns” will be next year?


5 posted on 11/19/2012 9:43:28 AM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: Zakeet

One statistic missing from this article. How many of these police officers were killed by a concealed carry permit holder? Answer ZERO


6 posted on 11/19/2012 9:44:01 AM PST by cquiggy
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To: Zakeet
Police don't even make the top ten.
7 posted on 11/19/2012 9:44:01 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Zakeet

I wonder how many family pets they killed.


8 posted on 11/19/2012 9:44:13 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Zakeet

I bet more unarmed citizens were killed by police than the other way around...

I guess I can’t get all that worked up about this.


9 posted on 11/19/2012 9:44:47 AM PST by babygene
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To: TruthBeforeAll
Any needless loss of life is regretable. However, a LEO’s life is no more important than anyone else. To try and make society think otherwise is tantamount to ascribing "superior status" to them; mayhaps that could be the reason for some of the 'god complex' reports wherein LEOs are so prone to shooting dogs, defenseless homeowners during botched wrong-address warrant invasions, etc.
10 posted on 11/19/2012 9:47:05 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Zakeet
Cops don't even come close. Of course, they'll use such nonsense to claim our rights should be curtailed even more. They don't say how many were not killed on purpose but as part of an accident. They try to say all 72 were targeted killings, when some were no doubt killed in accidents.

Occupation Fatal Work Injuries per 100,000 FTE Workers Number of Fatal Work Injuries
1. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers 121.2 40
2. Logging Workers 102.4 64
3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers 57.0 72
4. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 41.2 34
5. Roofers 31.8 56
6. Structural Iron and Steel Workers 26.9 16
7. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 25.3 260
8. Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 24.0 759
9. Electrical Power Line Installers 20.3 27
10. Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 19.7 63

11 posted on 11/19/2012 9:50:47 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: wrench

You are using only a very, very limited definition of “dangerous.” Officers are assaulted an average of 58,000 times a year. It works out to a rate of about 10.3 per 100 officers.

Just because vests and other life saving technology have improved survivability over the years does not make the job any less dangerous.

Dirty hippies and communists made a goal of smearing the police whenever and wherever they could. It was one of the communist goals of the 1960s. The media carries that water for the communists whenever and wherever they can, publicizing only the negative, never reporting on the positive.


12 posted on 11/19/2012 10:02:18 AM PST by Jgerald
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To: CodeToad

Can you even read?

“Tragically, during 2011, 72 law enforcement officers from around the nation were killed in the line of duty, while another 53 officers died in accidents while performing their duties. And 54,774 officers were assaulted in the line of duty…”

Moreover, an assault rate of 10.2 per 100 is exceedingly high.

But by all means, continue to carry the water of the communists. They will thank you for it.


13 posted on 11/19/2012 10:02:23 AM PST by Jgerald
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To: CodeToad

Firefighter LODD 2011

EMMITSBURG, MD – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced today the release of the report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2011. There were 83 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2011. This represents a continuing decline in the overall number of firefighter fatality deaths in recent years and an almost five percent decrease from the 87 fatalities reported for 2010. When analyzing the overall trend in the United States going back to 1977, accounting for the Hometown Heroes added to totals since the law changed in 2004, the 2011 total represents the lowest year of record for the second year in a row.

The 83 fatalities occurred in 33 states, one U.S. territory, and one overseas U.S. military facility. Texas experienced the highest number of fatalities (7). North Carolina experienced six firefighter deaths and was the only other state with five or more firefighter fatalities.

Heart attacks were responsible for the deaths of 50 firefighters (60 percent) in 2011, nearly the same proportion of firefighter deaths from heart attack or stroke (63 percent) in 2010. Ten onduty firefighters died in association with wildland fires, the lowest number of annual firefighter deaths associated with wildland fires since 1996. Fifty-four percent of all firefighter fatalities occurred while performing emergency duties.

Four of the firefighters who died while responding to incidents in 2011 were killed by trauma caused by motor vehicle collisions, including three in privately-owned vehicles and one in a fire department apparatus.


14 posted on 11/19/2012 10:05:22 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: CodeToad

Firefighter LODD 2011

EMMITSBURG, MD – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced today the release of the report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2011. There were 83 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2011. This represents a continuing decline in the overall number of firefighter fatality deaths in recent years and an almost five percent decrease from the 87 fatalities reported for 2010. When analyzing the overall trend in the United States going back to 1977, accounting for the Hometown Heroes added to totals since the law changed in 2004, the 2011 total represents the lowest year of record for the second year in a row.

The 83 fatalities occurred in 33 states, one U.S. territory, and one overseas U.S. military facility. Texas experienced the highest number of fatalities (7). North Carolina experienced six firefighter deaths and was the only other state with five or more firefighter fatalities.

Heart attacks were responsible for the deaths of 50 firefighters (60 percent) in 2011, nearly the same proportion of firefighter deaths from heart attack or stroke (63 percent) in 2010. Ten onduty firefighters died in association with wildland fires, the lowest number of annual firefighter deaths associated with wildland fires since 1996. Fifty-four percent of all firefighter fatalities occurred while performing emergency duties.

Four of the firefighters who died while responding to incidents in 2011 were killed by trauma caused by motor vehicle collisions, including three in privately-owned vehicles and one in a fire department apparatus.


15 posted on 11/19/2012 10:05:39 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Zakeet

The ultimate sacrifice might be losing your life in the line of duty, but the penultimate sacrifice might be working for a salary or wage set by the people you serve (without a union) and paying for your own disability, retirement, and medical benefits out of that.


16 posted on 11/19/2012 10:06:25 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: Jgerald; CodeToad
And how many assaults and other crimes are foisted on us by LEOs?

How many of the LOD deaths were from speeding unnecessarily, heart attack while on the clock, etc?

Continue to carry the water for your union buddies. They will thank you for it.

17 posted on 11/19/2012 10:14:26 AM PST by GalaxyAB
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To: Zakeet

18 posted on 11/19/2012 10:14:58 AM PST by kanawa
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To: Jgerald

“But by all means, continue to carry the water of the communists.”

Sorry, there sweetcheeks, but the Communists are the ones attempting to gain total control over the people using law enforcement, so that would be YOU! The type that believes anything and everything a uniformed person does is just dandy.


19 posted on 11/19/2012 10:14:58 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Jgerald

“Moreover, an assault rate of 10.2 per 100 is exceedingly high.”

Define ‘assult’. Here let me help you: So much as touching one of these pussies is ‘assault’, and, yes, many people are arrested for so much as touching one.


20 posted on 11/19/2012 10:16:21 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Jgerald

Jeez lighten up, discussing police unions and police fatalities and their primary campaigning issue that they used to takeover our cities for the communists and the democrat left, and to loot our coffers, is not something that you can censor, with your overly dramatic posts.


21 posted on 11/19/2012 10:19:34 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Jgerald

“Can you even read?”

Obviously you cannot. I’ll type s l o w e r for you. How many of thos so-called “killed in the line of duty” were giving a ticket and got hit by oncoming traffic? “Accidents” I expect to be cops involved while driving.

Man, you’re dumb.


22 posted on 11/19/2012 10:19:34 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Zakeet

Here in Pittsburgh they are searching for some yutes who posted a rap video on YouTube in which they threatened to kill several police officers (and the officers were mentioned by name).

Seems this behavior has been encouraged by recent developments. Can’t imagine what /sarc


23 posted on 11/19/2012 10:26:04 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GalaxyAB

“And how many assaults and other crimes are foisted on us by LEOs?”

How many dead dogs, family pets, were killed by these trigger happy whackos? I bet it is far more than 72.


24 posted on 11/19/2012 10:26:33 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

You are a communist hippie!!!!!!!!


25 posted on 11/19/2012 10:36:36 AM PST by GalaxyAB
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To: Jgerald
"Dirty hippies and communists made a goal of smearing the police whenever and wherever they could. It was one of the communist goals of the 1960s. The media carries that water for the communists whenever and wherever they can, publicizing only the negative, never reporting on the positive."

Go to a communist country, and you will see what they think of police. There is a cop on every corner. Cops are the highest paid sector, outside of party leadership. Communism and police go hand in hand. That is why we have police unions and unmitigated police corruption in the USA. 90% of US cops are dirty commies.

26 posted on 11/19/2012 10:40:40 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: GalaxyAB

If you would bother to read, you would see how many deaths were accidents, and how many were the result of a felonious assault.

By the way, did you realize that in many States collective bargaining for public employees is illegal?

Why are you letting the California and New York model of law enforcement define what is the model in the vast majority of the States?

Simple answer, the communist media brainwashed you.


27 posted on 11/19/2012 10:46:24 AM PST by Jgerald
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To: CodeToad

Actually, the communists attempt to undermine law enforcement at every turn, paint local law enforcement as an evil that needs to be replaced, and then put into place a military police force or at the very least, federalize law enforcement power.

That’s the model in virtually every communist country on the planet.

By attacking local police and sheriffs you are actually playing right into the hand of the communist media and the agenda that was specifically designed by Marxists in the 1960s.


28 posted on 11/19/2012 10:46:30 AM PST by Jgerald
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To: CodeToad

As I already pointed out, the FBI study demarcates felonious deaths vs accidental deaths.

So yes, I am correct in that you were unable to comprehend what was posted.


29 posted on 11/19/2012 10:46:38 AM PST by Jgerald
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To: ansel12

What makes you think that the union model is the common model in the United States?

Deputy Sheriffs work at the pleasure of the elected Sheriff in the overwhelming majority of the country. In many other states unions are prohibited from collective bargaining. In others, police officers are at-will employees and striking is illegal.

I’m not a fan of unions, but the reality is, what you think of when you see the NYPD or the LAPD (for that matter the same applies to firefighters and other public employees) is vastly different than than the reality that exists around the nation.

Why do you let the media dictate what police work is like around the nation, when it bares no resemblance to reality?


30 posted on 11/19/2012 10:46:45 AM PST by Jgerald
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To: Jgerald
74% died from accidents (I can read and also do simple arithmetic). Perhaps they should observe all motor vehicle laws.

Could educate all of us on the thread which LEO agencies are unionized and which are not? My guess is that it is a wee bit more than California and New York.

And finally, collective bargaining rights are not the only influence the Boys in Blue have. Think union dues spent on donations to candidates and issue advocacy.

31 posted on 11/19/2012 10:54:56 AM PST by GalaxyAB
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To: Jgerald

Well, as long as you can bring yourself to tolerate the taxpayers and voters discussing these government employees and union members, all is good.

This is a constructive thread, and the facts need to reach the public if conservatives are going to defeat the “commies and hippies” running our cities and government unions.


32 posted on 11/19/2012 11:04:23 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Zakeet

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33 posted on 11/19/2012 11:25:00 AM PST by Gator113 (WHO gave the order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?)
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To: Jgerald
Hey noob, did you sign up last month just to call long-standing FReepers communists?

You will have a short life expectancy here.

34 posted on 11/19/2012 11:32:54 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Zakeet

Zakeet, thank you for your post, but as you can see, you might as well had posted the article on a forum directed to a group of prison inmates.


35 posted on 11/19/2012 11:35:03 AM PST by Gator113 (WHO gave the order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?)
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To: Zakeet
What do you call a bus full of lawyers tied to an anchor at the bottom of the sea?
36 posted on 11/19/2012 11:52:42 AM PST by semaj
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To: Jgerald

Causualty rate, if you prefer, for cops is lower than most blue collar jobs. Not just death.

The “Blue Line” has a strong union and are always looking to increase their mystique. Sorry, but it is not as dangerous job as you and the media make out.

For every carpenter, plumber, electrician,pilot, lumberjack, off shore fisherman, etc killed on the job, there are grieving spouses and children left behind. These aren”t “dirty hippies”, but hard working Americans trying to feed their families. And most of them do not trample the Constitution as they do their jobs, either.


38 posted on 11/19/2012 12:31:54 PM PST by wrench
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To: Jgerald
Dirty hippies and communists made a goal of smearing the police whenever and wherever they could.

Meathead get you aggravated again? Just have Dingbat bring you a beer and chill out. And don't watch Cronkite!

39 posted on 11/19/2012 1:15:01 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Jgerald; CodeToad; All

” “But by all means, continue to carry the water of the communists.””

1) Communists don’t hang at FR. They are soon caught, and disposed of.

2) 98% of FReepers despise the mainstream media.

YOU AREN’T DOING YOURSELF, OR THE POLICE ANY FAVORS BY POSTING DRIVEL NOOB.

I’m glad to see that so few cops are killed each year. I would have thought the number would be much higher.


40 posted on 11/19/2012 1:20:18 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Zakeet

Two things I don’t like on FR: People who think it’s alright whatever cops do (although there are few here who do) and those that have gotten to the point of hating cops. Both will go at each other on this thread.


41 posted on 11/19/2012 2:33:36 PM PST by chargers fan
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To: Jgerald
Actually, the communists attempt to undermine law enforcement at every turn, paint local law enforcement as an evil that needs to be replaced, and then put into place a military police force or at the very least, federalize law enforcement power.

Leftists try to eliminate any distinction between peace officers who actually follow the law and benefit the public, and tyranny-enforcement officers whose really interests undermine both the rule of law and the public good. It's unclear from the statistics how many officers of each type were killed.

It would be very interesting, for example, to know how many officers were killed while attempting to knock on their door and show them a warrant which was obtained on the basis of probable cause backed up by sworn statements relating the personal knowledge the person swearing to them(*)

I've read of many cases in which cops smashed into people's homes, assaulted the occupants, and in many cases slaughtered their pets, and claimed such behavior was necessary to ensure "officer safety". In some such cases, the cops in question get injured or killed (sometimes from "friendly fire", and sometimes by homeowners who identify the people smashing into their house as robbers). I strongly suspect that cops would be much safer if they conducted reasonable searches rather than violent raids; indeed, I don't think I've heard of any recent cases where cops conducting reasonable searches have come to harm.

(*) For some reason, courts don't seem to enforce the material in italics; though the Constitution's "oath or affirmation" requirement doesn't explicitly say that the oath or affirmation must relate to the personal knowledge of the person making the statement, the Constitution's requirement would be rendered meaningless if it could be satisfied by someone swearing under oath that someone who wasn't under oath said something.

42 posted on 11/19/2012 3:53:22 PM PST by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Zakeet

How many innocent citizens were killed by cops last year?


43 posted on 11/19/2012 4:53:54 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Carry_Okie
72 LEO's died on the job and all you can do is compare it to commercial fishing and say it is no big deal?

You are beyond pathetic!

44 posted on 11/19/2012 6:36:56 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: freedomfiter2
crocodile tears here, LEO's are the government, I am not too fond of the government lately and lost respect for metro and state police, they are little more than bully meter maids in my book,

there may still be a few good andy griffiths out there somewhere but getting few and far between

sorry, thats just the opinion I have formed over my lifetime of being an average citizen trying to abide by the law and getting more harrassment than help

45 posted on 11/19/2012 7:23:16 PM PST by KTM rider
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To: N. Theknow
72 LEO's died on the job and all you can do is compare it to commercial fishing and say it is no big deal?

No, but I can call the bulk of wailing and crying in the MSM about how dangerous being a LEO is blatant union hustling for ridiculous work rules and outrageous pensions, not to mention increasingly abusive police powers. Just to give you a feel for it, police sergeants in our area are dragging down $200,000 a year in retirement at the age of 50.

I'm tired of seeing two police cruisers for every routine traffic stop, I'm sick to death when officers making said traffic stops greet a citizen presumed innocent as if they were such an immediate threat to their lives that they have to have a gun at the ready, I'm tired of SWAT team abuses, and I long for the days when CITIZENS in this country did the bulk of law enforcement. Our lives and property were a lot safer.

You are beyond pathetic!

Masticate feces and expire. If you are so hot and bothered to live in a police state I suggest you turn in your weapons and relocate.

46 posted on 11/19/2012 7:29:39 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: CodeToad
So much as touching one of these pussies

How long were you incarcerated?

47 posted on 11/20/2012 11:58:01 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

“How long were you incarcerated?”

Nice try but never. Typical pussy answer: “They hate cops so they must have been jailed”. How feeble minded. Typical cop mentality. You know, in military training they always warn students, “You had better pass because if you fail we’ll make you a cook or a cop.”


48 posted on 11/20/2012 12:39:06 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: GalaxyAB

“You are a communist hippie!!!!!!!!”

Because I don’t care for cops killing pet dogs, killing children, raiding homes and killing innocents including Marine vets?

So, I guess since you disagree with me that means you do support cops killing dogs, children, and vets, and you call me the commie? Do you know what a Fascist is? It is a person that supports government action as that is their identify of the nation, not the identify of the people, but the government. Do you know what your support for any and all government actions is? Yeah, that’s right, a Fascist. Formal definition. Live with it, Fascist.


49 posted on 11/20/2012 12:43:03 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

I was being sarcastic. I am in complete agreement with you.

Another poster was accusing anyone drifting from his/her/its POV of being a communist. I threw in the ‘hippie’ because I suppose he/she/it thinks all hippies are communists too.

For the record (such as it is on FR) I believe the police are about at the point of being out of control in this country.


50 posted on 11/20/2012 3:40:14 PM PST by GalaxyAB
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