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I know this is a bad subject for all but it seems that every day I log on theres a few more Officers killed. I Just logged on and the first 5 threads in a row were about Officers that died today or yesterday. I have never heard any statistics on the annual average number of Officers killed. Does anyone know either where to get this info or the numbers..Be safe...and Thanks to all of you..

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Quick research and I came up with this as an example of recent spike:

Philadelphia Daily News
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WADS OF YELLOW crime-scene tape from the latest slain Philadelphia cop still drifted up Colorado Street yesterday. But brazen, gun-toting punks didn't care if they lived or died - or spilled more blue blood. Just hours after the murder of Officer Patrick McDonald Tuesday afternoon, cops again faced the wrong end of a gun.
Two uniformed police officers chased a teenager, who had a suspicious bulge in the front pocket of his sweatshirt, into the courtyard of an East Frankford housing project, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. The teen pulled out a gun, then the officers drew theirs and one officer fired once.
The teen surrendered, but the incident illustrates a troubling trend.
As the Police Department prepares to bury McDonald, the fifth officer killed in the line of duty since May 2006, many officers realize they are under siege.
In the past two years, the number of thugs who have either pointed guns at cops or fired at them has spiked, according to police statistics. (See accompanying chart.)
And some 1,003 cops were assaulted through July this year, a 13 percent increase over the same period a year ago.
"It's one more indication of the mentality of the people out here on the street," Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday. "It's a thug mentality and it's got to stop."
District Attorney Lynne Abraham agreed.
"What is it with these punks with guns who think they can outgun and outshoot Philadelphia police officers?" she asked.
"It's a horrible indictment of young people with guns and their lack of respect of authority and unwillingness to submit," she said.
In Tuesday's incident in East Frankford, two cops spotted a group of males approaching them on Tackawanna Street near Fillmore. One teen took off on foot, sprinting east on Harbison, south on Whitehall and toward a housing project there.
In the courtyard, the teen pulled out a revolver and pointed it at the officers, Vanore said. One officer drew his pistol and fired once; the teen surrendered. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and police now are tracing the 6-shot, .22-caliber gun.
The 17-year-old, of Church Street near Tackawanna, was charged with aggravated assault on police officers and weapons offenses. His name wasn't released because he is a juvenile.
Early yesterday, cops were under attack once again.
Just after midnight, two uniformed officers spotted a man who had fled from police from 20th and Cumberland streets earlier in the evening.
They tried to stop him on Lehigh, but he fled, and police eventually caught up to him on Oakdale Street near 12th in North Philadelphia.
The man pulled a handgun from his jacket pocket and pointed it at police officers, Vanore said. One officer quickly drew his own weapon and fired once. No one was hit, and the gunman took off again on foot, chucking his .25-caliber, semiautomatic and ignoring the officers' commands to stop. After a few minutes, he surrendered.
Police charged Maurice Johnson, 20, of Firth Street near 12th in North Philadelphia, with assaulting a police officer and weapons violations, Vanore said.
"It took incredible restraint, after the last couple days, to chase this guy, have him point a gun at you and then still chase him," Vanore said. "These officers are under tremendous presure. They're under attack."
Last week, on Sept. 18, two uniformed officers stopped a car on Cottage Street near Evarts in Upper Holmesburg.
One suspect tried to flee from the passenger side of the car, Vanore said. But as officers gave chase, they heard at least four shots ring out from a nearby driveway.
Although the suspect in the car eventually was released without charges, detectives scrambled to identify the rogue shooter. Police found several .380-caliber casings near a metal shed in the driveway.
After five days of investigation, police on Tuesday arrested Phillip Dickerson, 17, of Glenloch Street near Megargee, Vanore said. Dickerson was charged as an adult with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses. No weapon was recovered.
Daniel Giddings, a wanted convicted felon, killed McDonald with a .45-caliber handgun traced to Jason Mack, of South Carolina. Mack bought that weapon, and several others, including a semiautomatic gun that was used in a West Philadelphia robbery, Abraham said.
Mack, who was arrested late yesterday and is being held in a Columbia, S.C., prison, told agents that the guns were stolen, said John Hageman, ATF spokesman.
Mack will go before a judge to face federal firearms charges today, Hageman said. How Giddings obtained the gun is still under investigation.
The escalation of attacks on police clearly weighs on cops who patrol the city every day. Several officers in the 25th District - where McDonald started his career - said yesterday they feel they're in a no-win situation.
"A lot of people out there feel it's okay to assault police," said Officer Robert Luciano.
When he and other officers approach tense neighborhood situations, Luciano said, "We get sized up. We get spit at, slapped at, cursed at, and in some cases, someone pulls a gun."
"The mentality is so screwed up out there," added Officer Nashid Akil. "More often than not, we're viewed as targets, not officers. People don't respect life."

It's time for police to take back the streets, said John J. McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. The "reckless disregard for the law" is "getting old," he said.
What's getting old, said Unique McGuire, are the browbeating cops who constantly terrorize their neighborhoods.
McGuire, of Colorado Street near Huntingdon, said that Giddings - who went to school with her cousin - "wasn't the best guy," but said some cops' behavior also needs to be examined.
"I witness cops beat people up and leave," she said. "In reality, the cops aren't friends to us."
Ramsey dismissed that explanation.
"There's just flat out no justification for it, absolutely none, and the people saying this are no different than the people committing these crimes." *
Staff writers David Gambacorta, Wendy Ruderman and Dafney Tales contributed to this report.

It's roughly 150-200 per year nationwide, plus or minus. There was a spike in 2001 because we lost 72 in one day at the WTC, but it's been pretty steady other than that over the last 10+ years.
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