One in 10 police officers assaulted every year

One in 10 police officers assaulted every year

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One in 10 police officers assaulted every year

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by Kyle Iboshi, KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The shooting of a Klamath County Sheriff's deputy serves as a reminder of the danger that police officers face every day. Deputy Jason Weber was shot in the face and side during a traffic stop. The 40 year old is now in serious condition at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

"Police officers put their lives on the line every day," said Rob Patridge, Klamath County District Attorney. "We've had two shootings at police officers in southern Oregon in less than a week."

FBI statistics show every year in America, one in ten police officers are assaulted. Twenty-seven percent of those assaults result in injuries.

Portland Police Officer Chris Barker understands that risk. Barker was shot while on duty 13 years ago.

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about it," said Barker. "We put our lives on the line for anybody who calls."

U.S. Department of Justice data indicates roughly 30 percent of all officer attacks resulting in injury involve personal weapons like hands, fists or feet.

The largest percentage of attacks on officers happened from midnight to 2 a.m. Most officers assaulted were responding to disturbance calls including family quarrels, bar fights, etc.

Officer Barker explains police often face uncertainty and risk in hopes of helping others.

"They call, we respond," he said.

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