For those of you who read the Huffington Post article “FBI Confirms 2015 Was One Of The Safest Years Ever For Cops” , they are saying that based on the number of line of duty deaths released by the FBI that “2015 was one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in recorded history, following a sustained trend of low numbers of on-duty deaths in recent decades.”
The article stated that the stats “indicate that 41 police officers were intentionally killed in the U.S. while in the line of duty in 2015….but this number marks a decrease of nearly 20 percent compared to the 51 law enforcement officers killed in 2014”
If you look at those facts alone, then it does seem safer. But, let’s look at this further. In 2016 there have been 32 officer deaths attributed to gunfire, and 88% increase, and a lot of those were ambush-style attacks. The percent of felony assault (assaults, bomb, gunfire and vehicular assault) to officer line of duty deaths in 2014 was 41.3% of total officer deaths, 43.1% of total deaths in 2015 and 62.4% of officer deaths so far in 2016. So the numbers show that while police are working hard to reduce deaths they can (heart disease, car accident, gun accidents), the method used by the Huffington Post does not tell the entire story (shocker). Policing is becoming more physically dangerous. Add the fact that since a lot of the deaths have been ambush-style, there is an escalated sense of not knowing who and where danger or the next shot is coming from.
Additionally, officers continue to feel less safe due to numerous factors.
- Media coverage. Media is quick to report and make their judgments on an officer shooting. Reporting the facts is one thing, but reporting conclusions and “what seems to be” is another thing entirely. After the media constantly made judgments in the Darren Wilson case, multiple investigations shows that the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” narrative was completely false.
- Fear of losing their livelihood if they need protect themselves like Officer Darren Wilson.
- Death threats via social media and the chants “pigs in a blanket fry em like bacon” or the rhetoric by Black Panthers and Louis Farrakhan would have both proclaimed death to officers.
- Character assassination and constant commentary by people who have no idea about law enforcement.
- Constant attacks from political elites. Comments like Hillary Clinton’s “police violence that terrorizes communities” and President Obama’s comments on the anything but peaceful Ferguson riots “There’s no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”
So no Huffington Post, the American officer is NOT safer.
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