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Italian police attacked 2,290 times in 2012

Aggressor drunk or high 35% of the time

18 January, 17:40
Italian police attacked 2,290 times in 2012 (ANSA) - Forli', January 18 - Police officers in Italy experienced 2,290 attacks in 2012, traffic police association Asaps said on Friday.

The figure was 2.7% more than in 2011 and refers to attacks perpetrated against street police and other law officers. In 22.6% of cases the attack involved the use of a weapon and in 35% of cases perpetrators were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the association that has monitored the phenomenon of violence directed at the police for the last decade. In 43.9% of cases the attack was perpetrated by a non-Italian.