More and more police are being killed in the line of duty

Cop killings: more and more police officers are being killed in the line of duty

Instead of calling for ‘defunding the police’, our focus should be: what do we want the police to do and how do we want them to do it?

James Alan Fox and Alex R. Piquero

Opinion contributors

Who would want to be a policeman these days? If you’re not suspended, fired, or even prosecuted for making a split-second bad decision in a high-pressure situation, there’s what seems like an increasing likelihood of being injured or killed on the job.

The news was littered with tragic stories of police officers shot dead in the line of duty. Earlier this month, at Bridgewater College in Virginia, a pair of officers responding to a report of a suspicious person on campus were fatally shot by a former student. New York’s best have been hit hard by several recent deaths, including two young officers who were killed while responding to a call for risky domestic violence. And just recently, nine Phoenix police officers were injured – five by gunfire and the rest by shrapnel – when they were ambushed in a domestic violence incident.

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