2020 è stato uno degli anni più mortali mai registrati per le forze dell'ordine

2020 è stato uno degli anni più mortali della storia per le forze dell'ordine, secondo un gruppo che tiene traccia delle morti degli ufficiali in servizio.

UN rapporto released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) trovato quello 264 federale, stato, militare, tribal and local law enforcement officers to date died in the line of duty last year — il più alto da allora 1974.
The reason that number is so high: Covid-19.
Law enforcement officers died last year of numerous causes, among them vehicle crashes, heart attacks and gun shots. But more officers died of Covid-19 than all other causes combined, con 145 fuori da 264 deaths attributed to the virus.
It’s going to go down in history as one of the deadliest years for law enforcement,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of NLEOMF. “Ovviamente, it’s due to Covid. The alarming thing is these are just the preliminary numbers.
The organization is still working to certify an additional 70 per 80 Covid-19 related deaths, Ferranto said. And as more continue to be reported daily, she expects the total line of duty Covid-19 deaths in 2020 to double.
If that holds true, that would make last year the deadliest year for law enforcement on record. By the organization’s count, 1930 saw the most line of duty deaths to date, con più di 300 officers dying on the job.

Covid-19 officer deaths varied from state to state

Ferranto said her organization examines official records and works with law enforcement departments and agencies to determine whether the officers who have died of Covid-19 contracted the virus while conducting official duties.
Those who died after being exposed to the virus on the job are ultimately included as part of NLEOMF’s line of duty death toll.
So many officers lost their lives to Covid-19 that the NLEOMF had to create a task force to help verify all the deaths.
How badly officers were affected by the virus depended on where they lived, secondo il rapporto. Police had among the highest number of Covid-19 line of duty deaths in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. Nel frattempo, 26 states lost no officers in the line of duty to coronavirus.
The Officer Down Memorial Page, another group that tracks line of duty officer deaths, reported similar numbers. Da lunedì, il sito web del gruppo lists più di 300 officers who died in the line of duty last year, più di 180 di loro di Covid-19.
“Un ulteriore 200+ COVID line of duty deaths are still pending verification, così 2020 may eventually turn out to be the deadliest year for law enforcement in U.S. history due to the COVID pandemic,” the Officer Down Memorial Page wrote in a January 8 Post di Facebook.

Firearms-related deaths were second most common

After Covid-19, getting shot was the second most common cause of line of duty deaths last year.
Forty-eight officers were shot and killed on the job last year, rispetto a 51 nel 2019, afferma il rapporto. Thirty of those officers were killed by a handgun, 13 were killed by a rifle and one was killed with their own weapon. The type of weapon used in the four other deaths is not yet known.
The largest number of firearms-related deaths came while officers were investigating a suspicious person or activity, con 11 such fatalities. Seven were responding to domestic disturbance calls.
Traffic-related incidents were the third leading cause of line of duty deaths, though the number has been trending down in decades, secondo il rapporto.
L'anno scorso, 44 officers were killed in traffic incidents, con 18 in crashes with another vehicle, 15 struck on the side of the road, eight in single vehicle crashes and three in motorcycle crashes. Nel 2019, 43 officers died in traffic incidents.
Complessivamente, city law enforcement officers were the hardest hit last year, con 122 line of duty deaths, afferma il rapporto. Next were sheriffs with 68 deceduti, seguito da 31 state and highway patrol deaths.

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