With an increasing number of “woke” college graduates working in the news industry, getting elected in politics, or controlling search results at big tech companies, serving as a police officer in communities around the nation has become more difficult, and statically more dangerous.
Since the death of George Floyd while in police custody, radical politicians and domestic terrorist groups including BLM and ANTIFA, have rioted and called for the defunding of the police.
In addition, the weaponized DOJ has been looking for prejudice in police departments around the country.
As a result of zero-dollar bail and lack of support, emboldened criminals are now regularly targeting and setting up the police to be killed.
The shooting deaths of two Connecticut officers and wounding of a third punctuated an especially violent week for police across the U.S. and fit into a grim pattern: Even as more officers left their jobs in the past two years, the number targeted and killed rose.
According to organizations that track violence against police, 56 officers have been killed by gunfire this year — 14% more than this time last year and about 45% ahead of 2020’s pace. The country is on track for the deadliest year since 67 officers were killed in 2016.
The Fraternal Order of Police reported that through Sept. 30 of this year, there had been 63 ambush-style attacks in which officers were wounded, with 93 officers shot, 24 fatally. That’s a lower number of such attacks than in the first nine months of 2021, when there were 75 ambushes of officers, with 93 shot and 21 killed.
The total number of ambushes in which police were hurt last year more than doubled from 2020.
While the figures include a few officers killed by accidental gunfire, the number of ambushes in which police were injured or killed in surprise attacks with little chance to defend themselves has soared since 2020 and accounts for nearly half the officers killed this year.
Such an attack apparently struck Wednesday in Bristol, Connecticut, where the state police said Bristol Police Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy were killed and Officer Alec Iurato was wounded when they responded to a 911 call that appears to have been “a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene.”
At least 11 police officers were shot around the country this week.
“Those are really scary numbers for law enforcement, not just for individual officers, but for the organizations they work for, which have to be taking this into account as they’re hiring, retaining and training officers,” said Bill Alexander, executive director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which tracks officer deaths in the line of duty.
“It’s not lost on the officers that the job they signed up for has become more dangerous,” he said.
“That has to be taking a significant mental toll on the agencies at large and the individual officers doing the work,” he added.
An off-duty officer was among five people killed in a shooting rampage by a 15-year-old boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday evening, but it wasn’t clear if the officer was targeted. In late June, a man in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky opened fire on officers serving a warrant in a domestic violence case, killing three and wounding five others — a scene that deputies called “pure hell.”
The number of active police officers nationally fell from roughly 719,000 in 2020 to 688,000 in 2021, according to data reported to the FBI.
The hiring of officers has rebounded some this year, but resignations and retirements continue to prove a challenge for departments around the country, the Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum found in a survey early this year.
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