On Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated on CBS’s Sixty Minutes that violence against police officers in the US is rising at alarming rates.
Wray believes that violence against law enforcement does not get enough attention or media coverage in the country. He also claimed that one officer gets murdered every three days. Statistics showed that the rate of killing of law enforcement officers hiked by 59% in 2021, as the overall killing rate of the country rose by 29%. Around 73 police officers had lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021 alone.
According to a Fox News report, Wray said that wearing a badge should not make you a target. Although violent crime is a problem on its own, targeting law enforcement is an equally disturbing issue. The National Fraternal Order of Police released data earlier in April claiming that over a hundred police officers had been shot in the first three months of 2022 alone. Moreover, the police union claims that 101 law enforcement officers have been killed in the first three months of 2022.
The President of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Patrick Yoes, stated that the rate of violence against law enforcement today is something he hasn’t seen in 36 years of his career. He stated that last year was so intense for police officers that more of them were killed in 2021 than any other year since the Order began recording such data.
Wray associated this rise in violence against police officers with more cases of juveniles committing violent crimes and gun trafficking. Since weapons are easier to come by, almost anyone can own them and attack the police.
This is due to a trend called “getting back out on the streets” that was started by district attorneys backed by George Soros. This trend allows criminals to walk free in the instance of low or no bail and decriminalizes many offenses. Police officers already fear mob revenge for doing their job, so an atmosphere like this makes them an easy target.
Conclusively, this issue can easily be summed up as a domestic political problem since prosecutors believe that the death of a few police officers is collateral damage for a just system and crime-free society.