More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up? Mar. 23, 2014 By Dave Lindorffwww.albuquerqueteaparty.com/6/post/2014/03/more-americans-killed-by-police-than-by-terrorists-with-crime-down-why-is-police-aggression-up.html You might not know it from watching TV news, but FBI statistics show that crime in the U.S.—including violent crime—has been trending steadily downward for years, falling 19% between 1987 and 2011. The job of being a police officer has become safer too, as the number of police killed by gunfire plunged to 33 last year, down 50% from 2012, to its lowest level since, wait for it, 1887, a time when the population was 75% lower than it is today. So why are we seeing an ever increasing militarization of policing across the country?