Los Angeles Police Department officer shootings
Los Angeles PD revealed some eye-opening, year-end statistics for this past year regarding Los Angeles Police Department officer shootings.
The officers of the LAPD seem all too eager to shoot and when they do, there’s a “hit rate” (their term) of over half.
79 percent (38 incidents) of officer-involved shootings involved a suspect being struck by gunfire, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
In 21 of those (more than half, or 55 percent, of so-called “hits”), the suspect died, the department said. Nearly half (44 percent) of all officer-involved shootings ended in a death of the suspect.
The department said there was a 300 percent increase in officer-involved shootings involving the mentally ill.
The LAPD had more than 1.5 million “contacts” with members of the public in 2015, and .13 percent of those, or 1.3 per 1,000 public contacts, resulted use of force, it said.
Injuries in officer-involved shootings were up 64 percent in 2015, according to the stats.
In nearly eight out of 10 cases (78 percent), a suspect was armed with something that appeared to be a gun.
In eight percent of officer-involved shootings, “the suspect attempted to or did, disarm an officer,” according to the LAPD’s statement. In three out of four of those cases, the suspect was also armed.
That seems like a high rate, even for the LAPD, even if other police agencies have a higher shooting rate than Los Angeles does.
As Orange County DUI Attorney Robert Miller states, “Police officers are trained to be very protective of officer safety issues, and not as much on de-escalation of conflict. When police see a potential situation where a suspect is armed or is attempting to disarm the officer or another officer, police will take action to neutralize that threat.
We do have a guide mentioning what to do if you get pulled over by the police, and we always urge you to be careful out there.