Dallas police officers who shoot at suspects with deadly force have become increasingly rare in recent years, but it’s the way they do it that’s attracting the attention of a new generation of activists.
The city has seen a dramatic drop in homicides over the past decade, and officers are under scrutiny for their role in the city’s spike in shootings, including two that left five people dead.
In the latest shooting, officers were on the scene when a man who was holding a knife went on a stabbing rampage that left three officers dead.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the officers are being “tortured” by the media and by the public.
“We’ve seen a tremendous decrease in homicides, and we have to do everything in our power to prevent future violence,” he said.
“And I am very concerned that the public has taken our word for it.”
But while the number of police officers shot has declined, the number who die has remained stubbornly high, according to a new study from the University of Illinois.
The researchers analyzed police-involved deaths between 2002 and 2013, using data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting database.
From there, they calculated how many people were killed each year from 2005 to 2015 by officers in Dallas, the nation’s most violent and violent city.
They found that there were 5,067 deaths, an average of three officers per year.
That number dwarfs the total number of officers who died in the entire country during that same time period.
Dallas officers are responsible for at least half of all the deaths that occur in Dallas.
A 2015 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that the Dallas Police Department is responsible for more than a third of all officer-involved fatalities in the U.S. Dallas is not alone.
According to a study published in the journal Police and Justice, Dallas ranks second among cities with the highest rate of officer-related fatalities, behind New York City.
In addition, the study found that in 2017, there were nearly three times as many officers killed in Dallas as in New York, which was the city with the largest number of fatal shootings.
A 2014 study from Harvard University found that officers in the Dallas police department were three times more likely to kill a person with a knife than officers in neighboring New York.
The same study found the department’s rate of police-related deaths increased by almost 70 percent from 1999 to 2013.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that we need to take a very hard look at how we’re doing these shootings, and that means looking at whether the officers’ training, the training that the police department has provided, whether the training of the department, whether they’ve had access to body cameras,” Rawlings told reporters on Monday.
“But we also need to look at, how are we doing the job of the officers and the community?”
The Dallas police chief has been a vocal critic of the officer-brutality reform bill, which he called a “travesty of justice” that would be “totally at odds” with his department’s values.
The bill would require that officers be trained in de-escalation tactics, a standard for officers that is commonly used by police departments across the country.
Dallas has not signed on to the bill, and its mayor said he had no plans to do so, even though Dallas has more than 100,000 officers.
“I’m not going to sign the bill,” he told reporters.
“What I’m going to do is I’m not signing the bill because I don’t think the officers should be getting the training and the tools.”