Cincinnati, Ohio police officers firing guns more often.

Shootings by police at suspects have increased sharply in Cincinnati,…

Shootings by police at suspects have increased sharply in Cincinnati, including three over a five-day span.

The increase comes at a time when City Council members are being asked to consider proposed budget cuts that could include more than 40 police officer layoffs.

So far, there have been nine “officer-involved” shootings — those in which officers fire guns — this year, compared with two last year and six for 2009, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday. There are normally four to six officer-involved shootings in Cincinnati during a year, police Lt. Col Vince Demasi told the newspaper.

City Councilman Charlie Winburn pointed to the shootings when he urged the mayor and other council members Monday to reject police layoffs the city manager is proposing to help fill a $5 million budget hole this year. Winburn has said the city needs to show it stands behind police amid the increased violence and “recent attacks on police officers and citizens.”

Source: The Associated Press via Chron.com.

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