The war on police

Washington Times:
Law enforcement fatalities in the United States rose 24 percent in 2014 to 126 and ambush-style attacks were the No. 1 cause of felonious officer deaths for the fifth straight year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The NLEOMF report said 126 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty this year, compared to 102 in 2013. The number of officers killed by firearms in 2014 — 50 — is up 56 percent from the 32 killed last year.

Fifteen officers nationwide were killed in ambush assaults in 2014, and the recent shooting deaths of New York City Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have attracted national attention and contributed to tension between police and the city’s elected leaders.

The total of 15 ambush assaults matched 2012 for the highest total since 1995.

“With the increasing number of ambush-style attacks against our officers, I am deeply concerned that a growing anti-government sentiment in America is influencing weak-minded individuals to launch violent assaults against the men and women working to enforce our laws and keep our nation safe,” NLEOMFChairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd said.

The deaths of unarmed black men in altercations with white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, this year have sparked protests across the country. Ismaaiyl Brinsley referenced those two killings on social media before shooting a girlfriend near Baltimore and traveling to New York to kill the officers on Dec. 20 before taking his own life.
The false narrative that police are out to kill black men was chiefly responsible for the increased attacks and ambushes of police.  Pushing back against the narrative and charlatans like Al Sharpton who are pushing it will required real leadership and President Obama has not been up to the job.


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