In yet another indicator of how disastrous Biden’s presidency has been thus far, more police officers have been killed in the line of duty under the Democrat president than any year since 1995.
A law enforcement nonprofit is fed up – demanding that Biden speak up about the issue.
According to the FBI’s law enforcement officers killed in action (LEOKA) data, officer killings have skyrocketed under President Biden.
“We believe it’s a combination … of the George Floyd protests — riots, if you will; a general feeling of a preference for less law enforcement; and less prosecution and less policing,” said Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) and a 20-year police veteran.
“Law enforcement officers have essentially been marginalized and demoralized and cast aside and encouraged not to enforce the law. And so we’ve seen massive jumps in the homicide rate in cities across America.”
He added that “it’s natural” rising homicide rates in major U.S. cities have “also resulted in many more officers being assaulted because … a lot of leaders in these cities and leaders in Congress and leaders in the White House have really voiced a lack of respect for law enforcement officers.”
In 2021, the FBI counted 73 officers intentionally killed in the line of duty. That’s a nearly 59% increase compared to the 46 intentionally killed in 2020.
The last time more than 72 officers were killed was in 1995, when 74 officers were intentionally killed on the job, according to LEOKA data. The next highest number of officers intentionally killed on duty was 72 in 2011, according to LEOKA data analyzed in a report by the Heartland Institute.
The concerning numbers come amid growing tensions between the public and law enforcement officers as Democrat lawmakers continue to push anti-police rhetoric.
“Police don’t expect you to be supportive if what they’ve done is wrong,” Johnson said. “That’s certainly not what we’re asking for. What we asked for is that the president and the administration not make a premature, judgmental and frankly wrong comments … next time a viral video comes out.”
Additionally, ambush attacks against officers were up in 2021. LEOKA data shows that 32 officers were killed in an ambush or unprovoked attack in 2021, exceeding previous records dating back to at least 1987, as the Heartland Institute noted in its report.
Johnson believes the Biden administration’s “actions have shown that they are not supportive of the police,” noting that the president visited New York City just one day after thousands of officers and civilians paid their final respects to fallen New York Police Department (NYPD) Det. Wilbert Mora, who was laid to rest Wednesday following a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Mora and his partner, Det. Jason Rivera, died after they were shot by a domestic violence suspect while responding to a police call in Harlem Jan. 21.
“Until and unless we see some leadership — both in the White House and in individual cities, district attorneys that are willing to hold police accountable when they’re wrong but are willing to support them when they’re right — we’re going to continue to speak up not only with increasing levels of violent crime but increasing numbers of assaults and the killing of law enforcement officers,” Johnson said.
Author: Braden Faircroth
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