Data show that law enforcement deaths did rise from 2013 to 2014, but a closer analysis shows that 2013 may have been the aberration, with an unusually low number of police deaths.
The manufacturing, regulation and trafficking of weapons in the U.S. and around the globe
Startling gun violence fact: Suicide is more likely than homicide
Americans are nearly twice as likely to die from suicide by firearm as they are to be killed by someone else with a firearm.
Spotlight on police violence doesn’t include armed security guards
Only 12 states require guards or their employers to report security guard-involved shootings to state regulators.
Shootings by security guards rarely reported, let alone investigated
Regulators repeatedly ignore or fail to investigate guard-related shootings, leaving inadequately trained, traumatized or potentially dangerous guards on the job.
America’s gun-toting guards armed with poor training, little oversight
Across the U.S., a haphazard system of lax laws, minimal oversight and almost no accountability puts guns in the hands of security guards who endanger
Interactive: Guards with guns
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Armed & Dangerous: The illustrated story
This is the story of Kijuan Byrd – he was shot to death by a private security guard with a history of substance abuse, who later was diagnosed with psychological disorders.
Guard industry welcomes ex-law enforcement officers despite shady pasts
CIR has identified dozens of armed guards who previously had been fired from or left law enforcement after being accused of offenses such as civil rights violations, excessive force and corruption.