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Dec. 28th, 2007 @ 09:05 am and some of those 69 were suffering from taser rage
How Dangerous is Police Work?

So take out traffic accidents and other non-violent deaths, and you’re left with 69 officers killed on the job by criminals last year. That’s out of about 850,000 officers nationwide.

What strikes me about that statistic is that I would bet more fictional cops met violent ends last year, even if we limit ourselves to counting only first-run episodes of prime-time cop shows and movies budgeted at 8+ figures. Throw in reruns and lower budget movies and it'll be a landslide.
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From:matchesmalone
Date:December 29th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)

No Contest...

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This has been known since the late 80's. See Hollywood vs. America by Michael Medved for more if you're interested....
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From:jwilkins
Date:January 2nd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Even more interesting would be a comparison to the number of people they killed. Bonus points for people later proven innocent.

http://www.alternet.org/story/71289/?page=2 says that Phoenix alone kills about 1 a month. Some of the shootings involve mentally disturbed people wielding such dangerous objects as folding lawn chairs.
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From:jwilkins
Date:January 2nd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
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http://www.snma.org/downloads/snma_policy_brutality.pdf mentions over 2000 deaths between 1990 and 2000.