Grim tally: Officers investigate 48 Utah homicides in 2010, including 11 children

4 Utah law enforcers were also killed last year

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    No, Tom Smith, there can't be any coincidence when each shooting is also reviewed by the County Attorney's office.

    I can see why those who hate the police would like to be on a "citizen's review board".

  • Tom Smith Sandy, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    Rifleman, Is it any coincidence that the police committing these acts are the same folks that review them? It might be a different outcome if a citizens group reviewed the actions of Law Enforcement.

    (By-the-way, the DN wouldn't print my last offering--but I knew they wouldn't).

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    jdc311 is correct in his response to Tom Smith: In each of the officer related shootings in 2010 their actions were ruled to be justified.

    Translation: When a peace officer issues a lawful command for you to drop a weapon and thereafter you fail to comply the consequences of your actions rest solely on your own shoulders and no one else's.

  • DUBBLEDUB Scottsdale, AZ
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    The notion that the police protect anyone from anything is literally laughable. They don't protect squat.

  • jdc311 EMC, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Saying the police are responsible is like saying that Tylenol is responsible for headaches.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    I'm sure we will have more than that in 2011.

  • Tom Smith Sandy, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    The police are responsible for 25% of all homicides in the state. 12/48 (includes one death by firing squad).

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    These are low compared to just one city that is about 15 miles from me, they have about 150 murders a year. This doesn't even include the whole state. But I remember when a murder was very unique in Utah, yet I had a cousin that was murdered. It is a shame that these kinds of crimes happen, we need to go back to when at 10:00 PM on TV it would say, "parent's it's ten o-clock, do you know where your children are?"

  • John Charity Spring Alloway, NJ
    Jan. 2, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    Unfortunately, this devastating homicide trend is not unique to Utah. Not only are the numbers high, but the manner in which the homicides are committed are increasing in the level of brutality.

    It is time to recognize that these brutal homicides are not unexpected in a modern society that is saturated with violence. Indeed, the modern entertainment industry continues to produce movies, television shows, and video games with horrendous levels of violence. There has never been anything like it in the history of this Country.

    We cannot expect our youth to live lives in which they are exposed to constant violence without any effect. Violence breeds violence, and that increases the murder rate.

    For the good of society, let us hope that this is the year that the public rejects violent media once and for all. We simply do not need any more victims.