Delmar Cpl. Keith Heacook, a Delaware policeman, beaten to death after assisting an elderly couple, has become a statistic in what shows to be shaping up as another deadly year for police officers around the U.S.
Heacook, 54, was pronounced dead on Wednesday, April 28, after being stabbed by a skilled attacker early on Sunday. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, he was the 119th police officer killed on duty in 2021.
“I would like you to know that even together with his sacrifice, he’s nonetheless a hero for somebody,” said Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley. “Corporal Keith Heacook’s household graciously determined to donate his organs.”
On Wednesday, Sgt. Chris Ward and Deputy Sheriff Logan Fox were murdered in a 13-hour standoff near Boone, North Carolina. They had arrived to assist Isaac Alton Barnes’ mother and stepfather, who had locked himself in a home 100 miles northwest of Charlotte, then attacked and killed the police.
Officer Anastasios Tsakos of the New York Police Department was murdered by a drunk driver two days before.
A total of 19 police officers have been shot dead in 2021, two have been wounded, and at least 15 have been struck by cars. It also involves members from various police departments, such as police, prisons, and government agencies like Customs and Border Protection.
Underfunding police forces, restricting police officers’ capacity to conduct their tasks, and frequently demonizing all law enforcement officers for the behavior of a handful have been proposed by activists and even lawmakers.
“Until politicians stop encouraging hatred and violence towards police officers, we must be prepared to face such attacks at all times, both on duty and off duty,” New York Police Benevolent Association leader Patrick Lynch stated after a driver in New York City sprayed a toxic chemical on a policeman and then threw a lit Molotov cocktail at another cop after being pulled over.
Most of the anti-police agitation can be traced back to the death of George Floyd by then-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Even though Chauvin was soon arrested and convicted of manslaughter and now facing up to 40 years in jail, the case sparked nationwide demonstrations and violent protests.
Like the deaths of Daunte Wright and Ma’Khia Bryant, several other high-profile incidents have occurred in the months after Floyd’s death.
According to law enforcement advocates, deadly use-of-force cases are uncommon, sometimes justified, and never the same.
A veteran Brooklyn Center, Minnesota cop seemingly mistakenly took her service firearm for her Taser in Wright’s case.
Bryant was killed by a Columbus, Ohio cop when she wielded a kitchen knife at a lady in a videotaped incident.
“Law enforcement officers are not superheroes with superpowers,” claimed Patrick Yoes, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police. “We are not flawless, nor are we heartless. We are ordinary people who answered a higher calling to serve and protect our communities. At times, we are called upon to do extraordinary things under the most stressful and chaotic situations.”
Officers are also vulnerable to an unknown foe that can be just as dangerous as any suspect. The coronavirus took 63 lives in 2021. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 362 law enforcement officers died on the job in 2020, with 234 from COVID-19 (CCP Virus) and 45 killed by offenders.
A study by the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) revealed that in the 12 major U.S. cities led by Democrats, the homicide rate is soaring exponentially. Nationally, it has reached the highest homicide rate in 26 years.
The LELDF study, published by the Washington Examiner, sees a direct correlation between the Democratic Party’s anti-police rhetoric and how Democratic-led cities have turned that rhetoric into action through police budget cuts, legislation that reduces policing such as stops and arrests, and a sharp reduction in criminal prosecutions, also due in part to leftist prosecutors not doing their jobs properly.
New York City, run by Democrats: arrests/stops down 38 percent and murders up 58 percent.
Minneapolis, run by Democrats: arrests/stops down 42 percent, murders up 64 percent.
After the police budget was cut by $12 million and three police units were eliminated in Portland, “shootings increased 173 percent and murders increased 255 percent (not a typo),” the report clarifies.