WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- COVID-19 has now claimed 187,000 lives in the US.
- Two law enforcement nonprofits that keep track of officers’ death in the line of duty estimates the deaths at 111 to at least 183.
- Complications from the coronavirus is now the leading cause of death of police officers this year.
Since the pandemic hit the US, COVID-19 has now claimed 187,000 lives and complications from the virus is now the leading cause of death of police officers in the line of duty.
According to two law enforcement nonprofits that have kept a record of line-of-duty deaths for years, compared to the same period last year, there have been at least 111 officers from police, sheriff, and corrections departments, who died while performing their duties.
The Nation Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, last year, 34 cops died from shootings while at the same time today, 111 died from the coronavirus.
According to Officer Down Memorial, nationwide, the pandemic has already claimed the lives of at least 183 police officers. Last year, it was close to 200 with 37 dying from vehicular accidents and 3 from 9/11-related cancer.
The highest number of fatalities recorded is in Texas with 42.
In one of the country’s first epicenters of the pandemic, New York City, thousands of uniformed and civilian members of the NYPD caught the disease as the coronavirus spread out so rapidly. By May, 48 of its members had died from the deadly disease.
Just this June, one of the department’s highest-ranking members, NYPD Chief of Transportation William Morris, lost his battle against the virus.
It can be recalled that at the height of the pandemic in New York City, even with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to wear facial protective coverings to help stop the spread of the disease, some members of the police force were seen openly disregarding it. Post reporters even saw New York’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, without a mask while shaking hands.
The tallies from these two trackers may be an undercount of the real numbers. Like the NYPD count, for example, the memorial wall only counts the 3 officers and not all of the 8 who died from the pandemic.
Source: New York Post