September was the third deadliest month for U.S. law enforcement officials this year. May is so far the deadliest, with the loss of 17 law-enforcement officers while on-duty or from a duty-related issue. In terms of loss of life by police, September was the fourth-deadliest month, with July currently having the highest numbers. That month resulted in 126 deaths by police – roughly just over four a day. As of today’s date, 24 K-9 units died in the line of duty.
Annual Numbers through September 30, 2015:
- 98 law enforcement officials died in the line of duty.
- Primary causes of death:
- 29 deaths were the result of gunfire.
- 23 from automobile accidents
- 16 due to heart attacks while on duty.
- Out of the 24 K-9 units, 11 deaths were the result of heat exhaustion, which is approximately 46% of all police K-9 deaths.
- Law enforcement officials killed 897 individuals.
Following is numbers and information pertaining to September 2015.
Law enforcement officers:
- 15 officers died in the line of duty, of which, six were the result of felonious gunfire.
- Four officers died in automatable accidents and two by fatal heart attacks.
- Two K-9 units died in September, one by stabbing and another during a training accident.
Killed by Police:
- September witnessed 101 deaths by police.
- The youngest was two-months-old: Gunner Page was killed by his father, Christopher Warren Page, a patrolman with the police department in Paris, Tenn. Page was fired from his job, and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
- The oldest was Clifford Butler Jr., 67, killed by a Pond Creek, Okla., police officer on September 13. Butler was fatally shot during a brief altercation, in which he allegedly shot Pond Creek Police Chief Tim Barwick, injuring him.
- Incident of note: Residents and politicians of Wilmington, Del., are asking for a federal investigation into the shooting by police death of Jeremy McDole, 28, on September 28. Four officers shot McDole, a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, after it was reported that McDole was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers demanded that McDole drop the weapon, before opening fire several times. Video footage captured by a by-stander has gone viral, believed by many to show no evidence of a firearm. Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings stated that the officers believed McDole was reaching for a gun and that a 38. caliber pistol was later located at his side. It was reported that McDole lay dead on the pavement for five hours. Many claim that the use of deadly force was unjustified, and McDole’s mother, Phyllis McDole, stated police never notified her of her son’s death. During a press conference, McDole’s mother claimed she had to “find my son,” herself, after he went missing.
*Below is the cellphone footage of McDole’s altercation with police. (Warning: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
**Authors note: I have no control over the title of the video. Information in this article is provided to allow those reading it to come to their own conclusions and ideas.