Police shooting on upswing

The news: Nationally, 125 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2009–”the fewest since 1959, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Behind the news: The statistics aren’t as encouraging for people who interacted with Chicago police officers during the past decade. Between 2005 and 2009, 75 people were fatally shot by police officers, an increase of 74.4 percent from the number of fatalities–”43–”between 2000 and 2004, according to the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority and a Chicago Reporter analysis. The deadliest year came in 2008, when 22 people were fatally shot by Chicago police officers. The fewest fatalities from police gunfire–”five–”were recorded in 2001.