- More officers died from COVID-19 than they did from any other cause in both 2020 and 2021.
- There are 255 line of duty deaths among law enforcement thus far in 2021, and a whopping 144 of them are due to COVID-19.
- Texas ranks the highest on the list with 87 officer deaths, and local police departments have been forced to launch new safety protocols over the past year.
Alanna Quillen from NBCDFW writes:
“It’s another heartbreaking statistic that we’ve seen come out of this pandemic.
More officers died from COVID-19 than they did from any other cause, both this year and last year.
That’s what data is showing from the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund, which spoke out this week about the findings. The Officer Down Memorial Page is also tracking the numbers of line of duty deaths, which are updated on its website in real time.
So far in 2021, the organization has confirmed 255 line of duty deaths among law enforcement.
This graph below shows the break down. The top cause is COVID-19, with 144 deaths – which they consider line of duty deaths.
Other causes include gunfire (39), traffic incidents and other medical reasons to follow…”
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