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Police Suicide Haunts Chicago [VIDEO]

Written by Joe Scudder

Another consequence of Chicago’s crime rate seems to be police suicide.

Police suicide is significantly higher in Chicago than that of the general populace. As a progressive stronghold, the city is not going to be exposed in the media for it high murder rate. But the fact that so many police officers kill themselves is probably related to the crime environment. It also raises the question of what other problems are police facing due to the pressures of their job. Circa News reports, “Chicago has a cop suicide problem and no solution, just yet.

Last year was the deadliest year in Chicago in 19 years with 762 murders, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.

But residents aren’t the only victims of the violence. According to an investigation by the Department of Justice, Chicago officers are committing suicide at an alarming rate.

“There were times where I truly thought I’d be better off dead than alive,” said Officer Brian Warner, who was diagnosed with PTSD after fatally shooting a man in 2011.

In January, the Department of Justice released the findings from an investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Hidden between the findings of police brutality and excessive force was this:

“This would mean that CPD’s officer suicide rate is more than 60% higher than the national average.” —Department of Justice investigation

Here’s a story from four years ago about the suicide of one Chicago police officer:

Read the rest of the Circa article.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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