Los Angeles County law enforcement officers fatally killed at least 54 people in 2011, representing a dramatic jump of 70 percent over the number of cases reported in 2010, according to a report issued by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.
Interestingly, the increase in police killings came at a time when the number of homicide cases in the region dropped to a historic low.
In 2011, about 610 people were killed in the county, while one in ten was killed by law enforcement officers.
The report studied the autopsy reports from each of the 54 murders by Los Angeles Police. It also revealed that in two thirds of the fatal shootings involving police, the person was armed with some kind of weapon.