FBI report shows terrifying explosion in law enforcement officers being assaulted and killed in America

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WASHINGTON, DC — The FBI has released statistics that show there was an increase of assaults against law enforcement officers in 2020 and an increase of officers who were feloniously killed in the first 9 months of 2021.

In an Oct. 18 press release, the FBI reported that 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted while performing their duties in 2020. These assaults were reported to the FBI by 9,895 law enforcement agencies.

 

Based on these reports, there were 4,071 more officers assaulted in 2020 than the 56,034 assaults reported in 2019. Data regarding these assaults were released in the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) portion of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Data Explorer.

The FBI further noted:

  • Of the 60,105 officers who were assaulted in 2020, 18,568 (30.9%) sustained injuries.
  • 44,421 officers were assaulted with personal weapons (e.g., hands, fists, or feet); 25.8% of these officers were injured.
  • 2,744 officers were assaulted with firearms; 6.1% of these officers were injured.
  • 1,180 officers were assaulted with knives or other cutting instruments; 9.7% of these officers were injured.
  • The remaining 11,760 officers were assaulted with other types of dangerous weapons; 16.8% of these officers were injured.

The FBI also provided a breakdown of the circumstances at the scenes of the assaults:

  • Responding to disturbance calls such as family quarrels or bar fights (29.6%)
  • Attempting other arrests (16.1%)
  • Handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners (12.6%)
  • Investigating suspicious persons or circumstances (8.8%)
  • Traffic pursuits or stops (8.4%)
  • Civil disorder, such as mass disobedience or riots (4.1%)
  • Handling persons with mental illness (3.9%)
  • Burglaries in progress or pursuing burglary suspects (1.3%)
  • Ambush situations (0.8%)
  • Robberies in progress or pursuing robbery suspects (0.8%)
  • All other types of circumstances (13.6%).

The FBI also provided a link to its Crime Data Explorer where an infographic on law enforcement officer deaths between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of this year is available.

The key observations noted included 54 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 9 months of 2021, which represents a 45.9 percent increase compared to the 37 officers killed during the same period in 2020.

Of the 54 felonious deaths thus far in 2021, the top three weapons used have been firearms (43), vehicles (6) and personal weapons (3).

Of the 46 total felonious deaths in 2020, 41 were firearm-related, 4 were vehicle-related and 1 involved personal weapons.

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In 2021, unprovoked attacks (20) have outpaced all other circumstances of felonious officer deaths. These unprovoked attacks combined with pursuits (7), tactical situations (7), and ambushes (6) were the cause for 74.1 percent of the felonious deaths (40 out of 54); in 2020, those 4 circumstances combined represented 28.3 percent of the deaths (13 out of 46).

Accidental law enforcement deaths increased 16.6 percent when comparing the first 9 months of 2021 (42) to the same period in 2020 (36). The accidental deaths were the result of motor vehicle crashes (22), pedestrian officers struck by vehicles (16) and drowning (4).

The southern region continued to have the most law enforcement deaths with 48 deaths total (30 felonious, 18 accidental).

The FBI also noted that in 2021 (although not represented in its infographic) 183 officers died from the following medical conditions: 169 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty from illnesses related to COVID-19, 12 officers died due to heart attacks, 1 officer died due to other natural causes and 1 officer died from conditions associated with responding to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The FBI states its LEOKA program is one of a number of entities that report information concerning line-of-duty deaths and/or assaults of law enforcement officers in the United States, U.S. Territories and other outlying areas and cautions against comparisons with data from other organizations:

“Each organization has its own purpose and may use different methods to collect and report information or focus on somewhat different aspects of these important topics.

“Therefore, care should be taken not to compare LEOKA data to data provided by other entities, such as the Officer Down Memorial Page, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and others.

“Refer to the LEOKA Criteria for the requirements that determine which officers are included in this data.”

Michael Paul, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, was interviewed by CBS Minnesota and said:

“This year’s data does tell a very alarming story for us.

“This goes along with that uptick in general violence. It may also have to do with perceptions of law enforcement in our communities.”

CBS reported that Minnesota is following the national trend of increased assaults on law enforcement.

Last year, 687 officers reported an assault while on the job, compared to 439 the year before.

The use of a firearm also quadrupled.

However, other weapons are being used too. Special Agent Paul told CBS:

“Sometimes these are weapons that we would anticipate: firearms, edged weapons, knives, but also they can certainly be assaults just using human power or weapons that might just be available at the given time of the attack.”

Officer deaths are also up in Minnesota. According to CBS, this year’s statistics show law enforcement deaths are already up more than 50 percent compared to this time last year, including a Red Lake Nation Police Officer shot and killed in Minnesota in July.

Paul suggested that resolutions cannot be achieved through violence:

“We need to have sort of a common resolve that violence is not acceptable, whether it’s against a community member, or it’s against law enforcement or the rule of law.”

In a recent statement provided to FOX News, Patrick Yoes, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, blamed the uptick in violence against law enforcement officers on “lingering animosity toward law enforcement officers, overheated political rhetoric, and a decline in respect for law and order.”

Yoes also spoke about the number of ambush attacks against law enforcement as of Oct. 13:

“100 law enforcement officers were shot in 81 separate ambush-style attacks in just this year – a 153 percent increase from this time in 2020.

“Despite all the adversity, our nation’s law enforcement officers continue to put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve the communities that we love, but they need our help.

“I am renewing our calls to enact the ‘Protect and Serve Act,’ which addresses the troubling increases in violence targeting officers and which will better protect the men and women who wear the badge.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray was interviewed by FOX News earlier this month and said defunding police just promotes lawlessness:

“I don’t believe that giving the police less resources, less training, less people is the solution. I think that just promotes lawlessness.

“I think we need to be making sure that our police departments are able to recruit and hire the right people, that they’re trained in the right way.”

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