A group of concerned police chiefs, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Rodney Monroe, met Wednesday in Washington to discuss the rising number of injuries and deaths among law enforcement officers.
After the meeting at the Justice Department with Attorney General Eric Holder, Monroe told a Charlotte TV station that he might ask Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers to wear bulletproof vests while on patrol.
Holder called the meeting with Monroe and other chiefs from around the country, after the death toll among police officers climbed from 117 in 2009 to 162 last year. So far this year, 49 officers have been killed -- 20 percent more than at this point last year.
The toll includes a police officer shot and killed early Wednesday in Athens, Ga.
Holder referred to the rising number of cases as a "war on cops."
"It's frightening," Monroe told WSOC-TV. "We know that at any moment ... we could fall victim to one of these cases."
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