We can add the five-year record high of law enforcement officer deaths in 2016, to Obama’s legacy.
Jumping 10 percent since just last year’s total of 125, over 135 police officers were killed in the line of duty.
According to the study done by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and released this past Thursday, of those 135 officers killed, 21 officers were killed in ambush-style attacks, the highest figure in over twenty years.
“Firearms-related incidents were the number one cause of death, with 64 officers fatally shot,” according to the survey.
This total includes five officers killed in ambush attacks in Dallas in July by a deranged U.S. Army Reserve veteran, 25-year-old Micah X. Johnson, who said he aimed to avenge the shootings of black men by police nationwide.
This year also saw a black Iraq war veteran fatally shoot three police officers and wound three others in Baton Rouge in an ambush. The Dallas and Baton Rouge attacks were less than two weeks apart and followed fatal shootings by police officers of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.
Traffic-related incidents also accounted for 53 law enforcement deaths.
Craig Floyd, president of the fund had this to say, “As we begin the new year, let us all resolve to respect, honor, and remember those who have served us so well and sacrificed so much in the name of public safety. Public safety is a partnership and, too often, the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement professionals is taken for granted.”
The study showed that “the average age of the officers who died on duty this year was 40 and the average length of service was 13 years. Texas had the most fatalities, at 17, followed by California with 10 and Louisiana with 9, including three who were killed in July in Baton Rouge.”
Although there were nationwide protests over the last few years concerning outrage at “unarmed” black men killed by police, there doesn’t seem to be the same national feeling of sorrow, grief, and national outrage when it comes to America’s law enforcement being murdered at record rates.
For an in-depth review on the recent War on Cops, go to DennisMichaelLynch.com and search, “War on Cops: Why the Resurgence.”
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