A new report said that law enforcement officers were significantly more likely to be killed by firearms in 2014 then they had been the prior year.
The report, issued each year by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, showed that 50 officers were killed in gunfire in 2014, compared with only 32 the previous year — an increase of 56 percent.
Fifteen of the officers killed in 2014 were victims of “ambush assaults,” the report said.
Shootings accounted for more of the 126 officer fatalities in 2014 than any other cause. Traffic-related deathswere in second place at 49.
Overall, 126 “federal, local, tribal and territorial officers,” were killed in the line of duty last year, as opposed to 102 in 2013, according to the report.
“With the increasing number of ambush-style attacks against our officers, I am deeply concerned that a growing anti-government sentiment in America is influencing weak-minded individuals to launch violent assaults against the men and women working to enforce our laws and keep our nation safe,” Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the memorial fund, said in a statement, according to Fox News.
“Enough is enough,” he added. “We need to tone down the rhetoric and rally in support of law enforcement and against lawlessness.”
Among the “weak-minded individuals” cited by Floyd was Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, who gunned down New York Police Department officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in an execution-style killing on Dec. 20.
Brinsley, a black Muslim gang member, was apparently seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island. He committed suicide immediately following the murders.
That attack came in the midst of an environment of anti-police demonstrations, many of which have turned violent, in the wake of grand jury decisions exonerating officers in Ferguson and New York.
Given the large number of police officers in the country, the death of 50 by gunshot over the course of a year many not seem like a significant occurrence.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune