This year has seen the highest number of law enforcement officers shot and killed ever — and there is still a month to go.
The Fraternal Order of Police today revealed that 58 police have been gunned down, 314 officers have been shot, and ambushes have jumped 126%.
The grim figures come as crime is surging around the nation but receiving little attention from Washington or the White House other than continued debates about funding or defunding police departments.
“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: More officers have been SHOT and KILLED this year than any other year—and there is one month left!” FOP tweeted this afternoon.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: More officers have been SHOT and KILLED this year than any other year—and there is one month left!— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) December 1, 2021
⚠️ 314 Officers Shot
⚠️ 58 Officers Killed by Gunfire
⚠️ Ambush Attacks on Officers Up 126% from 2020 (YTD)
Pray for America’s Law Enforcement! pic.twitter.com/Ufm87YCsd2
The police union and associated groups have blamed the growing lack of respect and funding of law enforcement for the spike in attacks.
The FOP said, “There is no doubt that the recent erosion of respect for law enforcement has fueled more aggression towards police officers than what has been seen in previous years. As violence continues to be aimed at law enforcement, our officers continue to show up every day to keep the communities they serve safe. These men and women run toward danger to protect the public when everyone else is running away.”
The group also again called on Congress to help and pass the “Protect and Serve Act,” which would punish those who attack police.
"Congress must act now to address the terrible violence targeting our law enforcement officers and pass the ‘Protect and Serve Act’ to better protect the brave men and women who wear the badge and send a clear message to those who would seek to do them harm,” said FOP.
Polls have shown that funding police and protecting them with new laws is popular, but the Democratic majority in Congress has not yet appeared interested in pushing supportive measures across the finish line.
FOP and other law enforcement groups have also pressed prosecutors to stop releasing criminals early and have demanded that the news media pay attention to the crime wave hitting America.
“Those saying that America's #CrimeCrisis is not out of control are either not paying attention or trying to cover for the rogue prosecutors pushing radical policies. To the various media folks who’ve been turning a blind eye to the killings in our streets: do your damn job!” FOP said.