The bloody assassination of police officers has become a disturbing trend, and these alarming shooting attacks against the men and women who uphold our nation’s law and order have grown more frequent throughout 2016.
The shadow war on America’s finest has gotten worse this year, according to a report released Wednesday. Shooting deaths of law enforcement officers spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year, including an alarming increase in ambush-style assaults like the ones that killed eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Thirty-two officers died in firearms-related incidents so far this year including 14 that were ambush-style attacks, according to the report. During the same period last year, 18 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty including three that were considered ambush attacks.
“That’s a very alarming, shocking increase in the number of officers who are being literally assassinated because of the uniform they wear and the job that they do,” said Craig W. Floyd, who heads the organization.
The organization usually releases a mid-year report tracking incidents for the first six months but decided to extend the period due to the July attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge against police officers. So the report goes from the beginning of January to July 20 and compares it to the same period last year. On their website, the organization also keeps a running tally of officers who died in the line of duty. Those figures through July 26 show that 33 officers have been shot and killed so far this year.
The report comes at a time of heightened tension between communities across the country and police officers. Two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy were shot and killed during an ambush on July 17 in Baton Rouge by a black gunman who was later killed by responding officers. In Dallas, a black gunman opened fire on police during a July 7 protest against recent police shootings of black suspects; the gunman killed five officers before being killed by authorities.
A total of 67 officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2016, according to the report. That figure also includes officers who died in traffic accidents, fatal falls or airplane crashes, but also noted a worrying increase in recent years in anti-police and anti-government sentiment.
Texas leads the nation in the number of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty with 14 deaths so far this year, including the five recent slayings in Dallas. Louisiana, where three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, ranked second with a total of seven officers who died in the line of duty.
The Associated Press contributed to this article
john G. says
And then the Democrat’s honor their Mothers at the convention. Can’t imagine anyone wanting to join a Police department and become a target for the “cowards” who aspire to ambush them. We need more law enforcement personnel like Sheriff’s Joe Arpio and David Clarke who call like it is and then do their jobs as they should be done.
I completely agree. However, it would help the problem if the police departments started to weed out the police who over react or shoot before they need to. They represent a small percentage of the police, but increased training and stronger policies could reduce the problem of wrongful shootings by police. I am strong on the fact that there is NO JUSTIFICATION WHATEVER for a war on cops, but stronger policies and training in some departments might help.
The best way to take down a nation is to take down the police. Chaos will follow………………………..
“By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”
— John Maynard Keynes(1883-1946) British economist
Source: “The Economic Consequences Of The Peace”
The foregoing has been accomplished, long ago. That was – and is – far more effective at ruining any country than to kill it’s police.
i certainly do not support in any way the random targeting of police just because of the uniforms they wear.
That said, there have been quite a few miscarriages of justice, where police have been caught ON VIDEO beating the hell out of a handcuffed “suspect” to the point of serious injury or death, yet have been acquitted in courts…or never brought up on any charges whatsoever.
Had the killing of THESE miscreants been done instead of just randomly murdering the boyz in blue, police would have a MUCH greater incentive to weed out the bad apples from their ranks.
However – according to Alex Jones, at any rate – for many-if-not-most police departments, there seems to be an intelligence range and/or psychological profile which is desirable amongst new-hires: functioning psychopaths who aren’t TOO bright. They don’t want people who are smart enough to discern the invisible hands up their backsides, but are smart enough to “obey orders.”
You DO know that certain agents of the USG are practically BEGGING most police departments to accept military equipment, don’t you? There’s a REASON for that.
Jim Evans says
The reason there is a so called war on cops is that anymore cops are to damn trigger happy. They are afraid of their own shadows and would rather shoot first than ask questions . Cops have this bad habit of shooting people in the back. Shooting unarmed people. Shooting and killing people just because they don’t react to the cops demands right away. Shooting people when they are laying on the ground.killing them. Whatever happened to cops using tasers ?
John Hickman says
You a fool like the Bible’s say obey the government officials in charge over you never tell you to disobey but u think you the all mighty an do what ever you want wrong just a piece of trash
That particular passage – attributed to Paul, but certainly not Christ – has been used to keep people in bondage for millenia.
Apparently, you are unaware of Jonathan Mayhew’s “Sermon that Launched a Revolution,” in which he clarifies that passage – otherwise, the Colonists would never have broken free of King George the Third’s chains, would they?
But to assist you in informing your discretion, i looked up that sermon for you:
jerry owen says
YOU ARE A DUMB, STUPID, IDIOT & HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY.
Where do you get your info from? Cop’s have the hardest job in America. To think they are “trigger happy” is an sbsudety perpetrated by the Democratic Party. The bottom line is Dem’s see the cops as the bad guys and everybody else us a victim of the system.
female tax payor says
Fox & some media at least is getting the truth out on these problems’ causes stemming from Dems policies going too far left. Convincing Bernie followers though to even listen that return to pro law & order leadership and citizens first, National security first etc. is imperative to USA is a tough one. They are angry at Hillary for cheating, but very closed minded to hearing anything “negative” about anything or anyone except the false messages about Trump…America needs to stop this false Lala Land bread into younger society by liberal schools…But to get there, we got the tall order of opening their eyes before Nov… Its a really tall order…But I’m seeing a huge movement gaining momentum of pro-America that Hillary & Obama worked so hard to wrongly shame & scare into silence, speaking up now thanks to Trump not bowing to their shame tactics…Much hope now the wall of silence is crumbling. Go Trump supporters..
Charlie Rhodes says
This nation has allowed the innocent (who have no say and certainly no way to defend themselves)to be slain by the millions each year in the form of abortion, why all the concern over some police officers who are certainly not innocent and only a few in comparison.
I do not condone killing but our law makers do.
To all the families who have lost someone they love, may you be comforted.
To those who murder without just cause may wrath abide on you.
Lorraine E Blazich says
If the courts and the brain washers in the corporate media would support the immediate hanging of anyone who shoots or murders a police officer, there would be a significant decrease in the number of police who are being murdered.
Currently the public opinion creators in the corporate press justify and thereby encourage the murder of our friends and protectors in the police force. The vile press should never ever present someone who murders a police officer as a savior or martyr because glorifying murders only encourages more murders of police officers.
Other people who are encouraging, one way or another, the murder of police officers such as louis farrahkan, jesse jackson, reverend wright, al sharpton, b.l.m., and the black panthers should pay the victim’s family substantial amounts of money for encouraging the murder of police officers.
These attacks on police officers are absolutely unjustified. Having said that, I have recently spent countless hours on the internet watching videos of police officers all over the country abusing the constitutional rights of citizens during simple traffic stops or just stopping “suspicious” citizens as they video or walk in public areas. I was amazed at the insolence of these police abusing their powers over the public. They literally become incensed when a citizen minding his own business refuses to abdicate his or her constitutional rights to answer questions posed to them by the offending policeman or policewoman (if a citizen is stopped by the police, unless they are being legally detained, they have the right not to identify themselves, and to refuse to answer any questions. The only reason an officer can legally detain someone is if they reasonable suspect that the citizen has committed a crime, is committing a crime, or is about to commit a crime- otherwise, there is no grounds for a legal detainment). I have seen over and over again when an innocent citizen enforces their rights of silence, the police officer becomes irate (even when he is advised that this is a constitutional right of all citizens, and I have seen them threaten the citizen with arrest for “interfering with an officer doing his duty”- in other words, “if you don’t answer my questions, (even though legally the person doesn’t have to answer them), I am going to say that you are interfering with an officer and arrest you”. I have also seen the police threaten (in many of these videos) to add “resisting arrest” as the reason for the “arrest”, which makes no sense at all. I realize police have a difficult job to do, and I appreciate all of those in uniform who understand citizens’ rights, and back off as soon as a citizen wishes to enforce those rights (but, unfortunately, a very significant percentage of officers to not back off). I don’t at all condone violence against the police (and many of them are honest, hard working people), however, it appears that the dismissal of citizens rights is so widespread that even honest officers get “caught up” in the mire between “trying to do their job” and stomping on the rights of law abiding citizens. As it appears to me (strictly based on the plethora of videos of police denying citizens their constitutional rights), there should be an acknowledgment nation-wide from virtually ALL police departments admitting that additional training is necessary to insure that their police do not violate anyone’s rights, and that they will “weed out” the bad apples, and follow up conscienciously on all citizen complaints (many of the videos on the internet show policemen abusing citizens rights during a stop, and it turns out that those very same policemen have had many many complaints filed, in some cases, over many years, regarding abuse with absolutely NOTHING ever done about them by their departments). This blind support by police departments must also stop if they ever want the public to have confidence in the police. In fact, there should be public elected committees who oversee police complaints, and they should have significant influence over any punishment of the offending officers. Oftentimes, the attitude of the lower echelon is a reflection of their superiors, and, therefore, there should be a bright light shining on the superiors in any police department showing their record in handling citizen complaints. And, if a superior officer is shown to be ineffective in properly processing these complaints, that officer should be summarily removed from their job. Also, if an officer has been shown to be abusive in his or her duties involving citizens’ rights, then they also should be fired after the second incident (again, only if the incident is proven and aggregious, such as by credible witnesses and/or a video). And, all officers should be required to wear cameras (always on) during their duties and interactions with the public. And, any “missing” videos should be considered positive evidence of guilt (since many departments “conveniently” lose videos from dashcams when the video is damning to the department or officer). If the police departments nation-wide suddenly developed a fresh new attitude towards upholding citizens rights, that would go a long way toward repairing the rift between the public and the policy. Until the police departments acknowledge that there is a legitimate problem of police officers routinely infringing or abusing the rights of the very citizens they are sworn to protect, sadly, this negative attitude toward all police will only continue.
You may never see this comment, but Well Done, old son!
i, too, have reviewed all-too-many youtube vids of arrogant cops and their abusive, tyrannical behavior.
Police in America were once known as “peace officers,” as their primary focus was to Keep the Peace, whenever possible, and make arrests ONLY when someone was damaged in their life, liberty, or property.
Around the end of WW2, thousands of MP’s – used to ordering civilians around, FORCING them to obey, in occupied territories overseas – came home and got jobs in various police departments, which is when the attitude-shift began to change; they NOW consider themselves to be “Law ENFORCEMENT” officers, and that’s their new focus – to enFORCE the “law.” Even when no common-law crime has been committed, but only some “statutory” violation has allegedly occurred.
Stephen Russell says
Time for PDs to OK these:
Use drones to Recon high crime areas.
Fixed CCTV sensors.
Roving robots for Patrol.
Acess M16s, AR 15s, Mac 10s in squad cars.
360 deg scan roof camera node.
2 way comm in helmet.
alone for all PD forces in the US.
Why did Obama order all the police in this country to wear black now???