If L.A. Cops Open Fire on You, It's 50/50 You'll Survive

If L.A. Cops Open Fire on You, It's 50/50 You'll Survive
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Responding to increasing scrutiny of officer-involved shootings, the Los Angeles Police Department this week revealed some eye-opening year-end statistics for 2015.

Chief among them: If a cop opens fire on you, there's a good chance you'll end up in a casket.

Of 48 officer-involved shootings last year, 79 percent (38 incidents) involved a suspect being struck by gunfire, the LAPD 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 suspect's death.

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 0.13 percent of those, or 1.3 per 1,000 public contacts, resulted in 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 a gun, a fake gun, a knife, a shank or a "blunt weapon," cops said.

In 8 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 also was armed.

"This report represents the LAPD’s steadfast commitment to providing detailed information on the department’s uses of force," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "This unprecedented analysis and amount of information will help the LAPD continuously improve our efforts to preserve life and protect the community."


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