Fatal Shootings By L.A. County Police Officers Jump By Nearly 70 Percent

Fifty four people were fatally shot by Los Angeles County police officers during 2011, a nearly 70 percent increase from the number of law enforcement killings in the county during the previous year. However, the rise in fatal shootings by police coincides with historically low rates of overall homicides in the area. The Los Angeles Times reports that out of the 612 people killed in the county last year, “nearly 1 in every 10 such deaths occurred at the hands of law enforcement officers.”