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Eleven Chicago police officers have been shot or injured so far this year, with the city’s police commissioner warning that it is “the most dangerous time to be a police officer,” according to officials and reports.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown addressed the media Monday after a shooting involving a cop, when a cop was shot and another wedged between two vehicles, when he revealed a staggering statistic: 500% more cops have been shot in the past two years, he said, according to WGN-TV†
“It’s the most dangerous time to be the police force in this country,” he said, “where perpetrators are brutal, not only against our citizens with these violent crimes, but do not hesitate at all to shoot cops.”
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A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) could not comment on Brown’s statement that there was a 500% increase. However, the office confirmed that 11 officers were fired on Tuesday and three were injured.
Meanwhile, between January 1 and March 29, 2021, 23 CPD officers were shot at – and four were beaten – according to police. And during that period in 2020, 10 officers were shot at, with one injured.
And looking at the annual totals, a CPD spokesperson said 20 officers were shot or fired at in all of 2017 and the same number was reported in 2018.
22 officers were shot or shot in 2019, but the number skyrocketed in 2020 when 80 officers were shot or shot. And in all of 2021, 76 officers were injured or shot at.
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Most recently, one officer was shot in the hand and another was hit by a car after the two suspects rammed the vehicle into him during a traffic stop on Monday night that went wrong, police said.
The pair of officers had stopped the vehicle and were approaching on foot when the suspect drove into one of the officers behind the wheel and opened fire.
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The officers fired back and wounded one of the suspects. The injured suspect was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The second suspect has also been arrested.
Meanwhile, both officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital.
Following news of the shooting, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement that she and her family were “relieved to learn that none of their injuries were life-threatening and that a suspect was arrested at the scene”.
She added: “This latest incident underscores once again the dangers our brave police officers face every day to keep the rest of us safe.”
Stephen Sorace of Fox News contributed to this report.