Why in the world are people reporting on last year's data when we have current data at our fingertips? Does reality only happen after numbers are published on DOJ letterhead?
NBC News reports:
Number of Police Officer Killings Drops, Reversing 2014 Spike.
Do reporters not have the wherewithal to see what the current situation is? It is but a mouse-click away. Officer Down Memorial Page keeps an excellent running and historical tab.
This year's data show killings are up (albeit with a small n of 17). We're on pace for 45 cops being shot and killed this year, and that would be much more than last year, and similar to the 47 shot and killed in 2014.
Now I wouldn't want the headline to say "Police Killings Spike 55 Percent in 2016," but at least that would be technically true. But it would be statistically irresponsible, with such a low n.
Oh, look what I just found. This is too good to be true:
2016 Sees Year-Over-Year Spike In Cops Killed By Gunfire.
And it's also from NBC News! (File under "You can't make this shit up!") Well, at least NBC has all their bases covered.
Anyway, it looks like 2015 is going to be the blip, not 2014.
[I corrected a wrong number I had regarding 2014.]