In December of 2017, there was a study released by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. It was called “Making It Safer”.
The study looked at police fatalities from 2010-2016, including ambush attacks.
Here’s what it found:
Twenty percent of ambushed officers were sitting in their patrol cars, and 56% weren’t on a call or engaged in enforcement activity.
They were sitting on a post, eating, or targeted and killed either at home or on their way home.
That number is on the rise, and something needs to be done.
The Fraternal Order of Police is calling for the passing of H.R. 1325, or the “Protect and Serve Act,” which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a 382-35 vote just one year ago.
Every member of Mississippi’s delegation supported it, for obvious reasons.
It would impose federal penalties on individuals who deliberately target law enforcement officers with violence.
So far in 2019 alone, 115 officers have been shot in the line of duty. Of those officers, 20 were killed.
The FOP estimates five officers were shot from ambush in four separate incidents, two of whom were killed.
In 2018, 251 officers were shot in the line of duty. Of those, 51 of them died. Of the 251, 22 officers were shot in an ambush attack and five died.
In May of 2017, the FBI issued a reported on the motivations of cop-killers revealed that many of these attacks are motivated by hatred towards the police.
It also said the killers felt that the communities and elected officials no longer supported their officers and they would not face serious penalties for their actions.
How do we begin to change that? Through H.R. 1325, the “Protect and Serve Act”. The passing of it will help show that both elected officials and the members of the communities do still support our men and women in law enforcement.
In his speech on Wednesday, President Trump took it a step further.
He called for the death penalty against those who murder officers… to the roar of the crowd and a standing ovation.
“The ambushes and attacks on our police must end, and they must end right now. We believe that criminals who murder police officers should immediately, with trial, get the death penalty — but quickly.”
He also demanded swift but severe justice.
“The trial should go fast. It’s got to be fair, but it’s got to go fast. And that’s happening. Fair but fast, right? Fair but fast. In the year before I took office, the number of officers killed in ambushes rose to the highest level in nearly 30 years. In the last two years, thankfully, the number of officers killed in ambushes has decreased by more than 70 percent.”
Trump made the comments during a Wednesday speech for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day service on Capitol Hill, which honors law enforcement officers who have died on the line of duty.
It’s not the first time Trump called for the death penalty for the killers of police officers.
In 2018, he told police officers in Florida that “reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement” and that “criminals who kill our police officers should immediately, with trial, but rapidly as possible, not 15 years later, 20 years later – get the death penalty.”
He made the same proposal during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying he will issue an executive order stating that “anybody killing policemen, policewomen, police officer, anybody killing a police officer, death penalty is going to happen.”