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According to the Orlando Sentinel, more police officers in Florida have been killed by COVID-19 rather than gunfire or other work-related injuries.
In South Florida in particular, 33 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty during the past two years. Three officers were killed by gunfire, one died in a car accident and one was killed by injuries and 28 died from COVID-19.
“It is the most prolific police killer hands down,” Chuck Wexler, PhD executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told the newspaper.
“More officers will die from COVID than will be killed, stabbed, or die in traffic accidents,” he said. It’s an equal chance killer.”
According to statistics COVID-19 was among the most frequent cause of deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States over the last two years. These statistics were taken from the Officer Down Memorial Page. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 570 officers. This is 66 percent of them who died in the line-of-duty. Around 180 officers were killed in traffic accidents, or from other medical issues like heart attacks. 100 were also killed by gunfire.
Florida has accounted for more than 10% of all COVID-19 deaths among law enforcement officers across the country. According to the newspaper coronavirus has claimed lives of corrections officers, Customs and Border Patrol agents, Florida Highway Patrol troopers, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) officers.
53 officers in Florida have died due to COVID-19. With the death of 151 of the 160 line of duty deaths caused by coronavirus, Texas has suffered more COVID-19-related deaths than Florida. Following that, Georgia lost 44 officers to the deadly disease. California and North Carolina lost 25 officers to COVID-19.
The pandemic has also had a major impact on the staff’s operations, the newspaper reported. Certain departments have reported more than 10% of their staff were out at the same time due to sickness or quarantines.
“While COVID-19 is without a doubt a public health crisis however, it’s also a safety issue for the public,” the Fraternal Order of Police wrote on its page detailing COVID-19 line of duty deaths.
The group stated that some lists could be insufficient. It estimates that more than 800 officers have died due to the pandemic.
The group said that COVID-19 does not discriminate against race, gender, or age. “As we have feared the virus has killed a number of people and is now affecting an increasing number of law enforcement officials.”
Orlando Sentinel: “COVID kills Florida police more often than gunfire.”
Officer Down Memorial Page: “Fallen officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Fraternal Order of Police: “COVID-19 Line-of-Duty Deaths.”
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