The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on Thursday, July 1, released a set of statistics revealing that attacks on law enforcement personnel have increased dramatically in the past year, with 91% more cases detected than during the same period last year.
The group posted on its Twitter account that both male and female law enforcement officers in the U.S. have seen a near doubling of ambush-style attacks, since 2020.
“…far this year: 150 Officers Shot, 28 Officers Killed by Gunfire, 51 Officers Shot in 40 Ambush-style Attacks.”
For all of 2020, they claimed there were “60 law enforcement officers shot in 48 separate ambushes, and 12 died as a result of an ambush.” That data was published in the 2020 Year-End Summary of Law Enforcement Officers Shot in the Line of Duty.
Ambush-type” attacks are defined as those carried out using the element of surprise as a distinguishing feature, thus seeking to deprive officers of the ability to defend themselves from attack. Consequently, it is understood that the objective of this type of attack is only to do harm and is motivated by hatred.
While police officers are being attacked by criminals and leftist terrorists who constantly raise the possibility of defunding the security forces, many politicians, instead of condemning these attackers, promote the development of these radical groups such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA.
The situation is so worrying that hundreds and hundreds of police officers are anticipating their retirements or even resigning from their jobs, arguing that they do not want to continue exposing their lives in the face of the lack of response from the authorities.
In a study conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington policy institute, they found that from April 2020 to April 2021, “retirements were up 45 percent and resignations were up 18 percent year-over-year.” These numbers are in comparison to those of the previous 12 months.
Recently, the FOP also criticized politicians and the hegemonic media for constantly broadcasting an anti-police narrative. “As violent crime in America surges,” the FOP tweeted, “some politicians and some media outlets are misleading the public into thinking police are the problem.”
The release included a graphic showing statistics on the rise in crime in major cities.
As can be visualized, the city of Portland was by far the hardest hit with 533% more homicides compared to the same period last year.
It is worth remembering that Portland’s governors gave in to the demands of the protesters. While violent crimes increased considerably, they cut more than 16 million dollars to the police forces.
The consequences were not long in coming and the wave of violence increased dramatically. Faced with this situation, Portland’s Democratic mayor, Ted Wheeler, had to request additional funding for the city’s police force, citing an increase in homicides and other violent crimes, according to Fox News.