115 is the number of Law Enforcement Officers killed in the Greater Caracas during 2014. The most recent killing occurred Friday at seven in the evening, when a member of Policaracas was shot in El Paraiso.
Commissioner Luis Guillermo Palacios (40), had 19 years of service in the police force and that day he left his home in the San Martin Avenue to buy food at El Paraiso. He was off duty. He was on his bike when several suspects intercepted him as he moved through Plaza Washington and shot him three times in the back. His family presumed he was killed to steal the weapon.
via 115 funcionarios de seguridad han sido asesinados este año – Sucesos. (Original article in Spanish & translated)
And yes, those 115 cops were killed to get their guns. The Gun Control Laws instituted in Venezuela are draconian to the point that no guns have been sold to private individual in over two years. So, if you are a criminal and do not have a contact in the underworld for guns or they are asking too much for one, you go where you know there are: Cops.
As of today, forty police officer have fallen to gunfire in the Line of Duty in 2014 in the United States. Venezuela has almost tripled that amount…but bear in mind that the country is one tenth the population of the US. Now imagine if 400 LEOs were to be mowed down in 11 months and what kind of outrage and full-fledged operations against criminals we would be witnessing.
By the way, crime has not slowed down in Venezuela at all. And Caracas has now the distinction to be the most violent city in the world.
But Gun Control works according to the intelligentsia.