USA- The continuous demonizing of police by leftist politicians, sports “stars,” and the mainstream leftist media has had significant and sometimes deadly consequences for police officers in the United States.
Fox News, citing a report from the National Fraternal Order of Police shows that 51 officers have been shot, 13 fatally in 40 ambush-style attacks through June 30. This represents a 91%…yes you read that right…91% jump in such attacks from the same time last year.
Conversely, for all of 2020, there were only 48 ambush-style attacks, wounding 60 officers and killing 12, the FOP’s 2020 summary showed.
Statistics also show that thus far in 2021, 150 police officers have been shot, with 28 killed by gunfire so far this year. This year is on pace to be the deadliest year for police officers in decades if this pace continues.
The police organization warns of the continuing “surge in violence against the brave men and women of law enforcement.”
An ambush attack is defined by the FOP as one that “is carried out with an element of surprise and intended to deprive officers of the ability to defend against the attack,” as reported in The Hill.
The increase in attacks on officers, combined with the demonization of all police officers across-the-board, has also had another impact—officers leaving the job, according to the Police Executive Research Forum.
Between April 2020 through April of this year, retirements are up 45 percent, while outright resignations are up 18 percent, which has led to a shortage of officers in police departments as a surge in crimes is racking cities across the country.
One such ambush attack occurred this week, when an Atlanta, Georgia officer was shot in the face as he and another officer responded to a shots fired call inside an apartment building.
According to Charles Hampton, Atlanta Police Chief of Investigations, two officers arrived at an apartment complex in the 700-block of Peachtree Street at around 1:00 p.m. June 30, as reported on WXIA. Officers got in an elevator and responded up to the 8th floor, where the shooting was believed to have occurred.
“Upon exiting the elevator, they were immediately met by gunfire,” Hampton said.
“They returned fire and one gunman was fatally shot.” That man turned out being the scumbag who shot the officer, he said.
The wounded officer, later identified by Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant as Officer Khuong Thai was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his wounds. Off. Thai, despite being shot in the face was able to talk to his family and the chief before he went into surgery. He remained hospitalized in stable condition as of July 1. Bryant said Khuong joined the Atlanta PD in 2019.
The suspect who shot Thai was later identified as 29-year-old Joseph Lee Humbles, according to WGCL. He died at the hospital from his wounds.
Anti-cop Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms managed to actually praise the officers for their swift actions, Fox reported.
“These officers were ambushed,” the embattled Bottoms said.
Meanwhile, Bryant recognized how lucky the officers were that things didn’t turn out much worse.
“It is only through their training and by the grace of God that these officers did not come upon a more tragic situation,” the chief said.
A second victim, who was shot during the original call was hospitalized in an unknown condition.
As mentioned, all of this anti-police violence has had a significant effect on police departments nationwide. For example, in Asheville, North Carolina, over one-third of that department has left since last summer, according to the New York Times.
Out of 238-officers on the PD, Asheville has seen 80 leave the force.
“I’m walking away to exhale and inhale, I’m leaving because I don’t have any more left in me right now,” wrote former Asheville officer Lindsay Rose after she left the department in September.
“I’m drowning in this politically charged atmosphere of hate and destruction,” she wrote.
Rose noted she had an explosive charge thrown at her during one such protest, which resulted in her legs becoming scorched. She has also been shunned by the Asheville gay community, which she said welcomed her in when she first moved there. At one such event, they yelled, “All gay cops are traitors” at her.
Aside from Asheville, ground-zero for the anti-police sentiment, Minneapolis has seen 213 out of 912 officers leave the agency, a decrease of just over 23%.
The Times noted that while officers are used to protests and being excoriated by those protesting, last year’s protests and the ones since emanating from Floyd’s death in both Asheville and across the country have seen officers facing increasing hostility and violence. Coupled with low pay and political interference, it has simply gotten to be more than some men and women are willing to bear.
Add to that the increasing risk to personal safety encountered by simply putting on the uniform, potentially leaving their family without a husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter is simply too much for some to bear. Sadly, the statistics are bearing that out.
Law Enforcement Today has previously reported on other ambush attacks. For more on that, we invite you to:
NASHVILLE, TN – A Metro Nashville police officer was shot in an ambush while responding to a “set up” call falsely reporting an active shooter at a home in South Nashville.
The shooting was reported just after 6 p.m. in the 7200 block of Sugarloaf Drive, located off of Nolensville Pike.
According to MNPD Public Information Officer Don Aaron, police were called to the residence for a report from a man claiming his brother had shot his mother and that the gunfire was continuing:
“On the 911 call you can hear him saying that he’s scared the shots are continuing to be fired hurry, hurry please get here in a hurry. It’s very concerning what our officers are being confronted with over the past few weeks is very concerning.”
UPDATE: Very happy to say Nashville officer Brian Sherman is in good condition after being ambushed.
— George Brown (@georgebrownmem) May 5, 2021
Three officers knocked on the door to the residence. The door opened, and when officers began to make entry into the home, the caller opened fire, striking Officer Brian Sherman in the left arm.
Officers retreated from the home and 22-year-old Salman Mohamed followed them outside into the driveway armed with a rifle. Officers began to negotiate with the man, but he shot himself in the head. He died shortly after of his wounds.
The man called 911 saying his brother shot his mother and was firing inside, police say, but it turned out to be a "setup call." https://t.co/K1guvik0pV
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) May 5, 2021
Aaron said the South Precinct officers were not equipped with body cameras. The swat team was equipped with cameras, but the suspect was dead by the time they arrived.
Aaron stressed that no officers fired their weapons during the incident.
Officer Sherman was transported by medics to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released late Tuesday night.
UPDATE 🚨 It was an AMBUSH. Officer shot after responding to staged 911 call in targeted attack 👇🏼https://t.co/saG2w095mk
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) May 5, 2021
Aaron said Mohamed’s mother and three siblings were in the home, but no one was injured nor were any other shots fired, as he initially reported:
“Again, no one else in the home was hit. This was a ruse or a setup to get the police to come to the house, and as soon as the officers knocked on the door, the door was opened, and they came under fire by Mohammed.”
BREAKING: Nashville police officer shot in South Nashville pic.twitter.com/2WdrlPRptf
— Rebecca Cardenas (@RebeccaWSMV) May 4, 2021
No motive has been released by authorities, but Aaron said Mohamed appeared intent on luring the officers to the home:
“We believe the person who made the 911 call was Mohamed himself. In fact, on the 911 call, you can hear him saying that he’s scared that shots are continuing to be fired. ‘Hurry, hurry, please get here in a hurry.’ It was all a ruse to get the police officers to this scene.
“Mohammed’s motives for this have not been determined. Obviously, we’ll be talking to his family throughout the evening to try to resolve why he did this. Again, no one else in the home was hit. This was a ruse or a setup to get the police to come to the house, and as soon as the officers knocked on the door, the door was opened, and they came under fire by Mohamed.”
BREAKING: With several @MNPDNashville officers nearby, Officer Brian Sherman is released from the hospital after being shot in the left arm today. Our photojournalist @QuanMcwil_TV got the video. @NC5 pic.twitter.com/pTVkON64QL
— Jason Lamb (@JasonLambNC5) May 5, 2021
Authorities stated that Mohamed had no previous arrest record, and they were looking to see if he had any prior police contacts.
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LAPD officer shot in the chest with own gun after confronting man breaking into his vehicle
April 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA – An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot in the chest with his own gun Wednesday in a struggle with a man who had broken into his car and was attempting to steal his police gear, authorities said.
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot multiple times by a suspect who broke into this private vehicle at his apartment in Sherman Oaks. https://t.co/JorMahg9kr
— KTVU (@KTVU) April 29, 2021
.The off-duty police officer and a suspect were both shot and wounded during a gun battle at a Sherman Oaks apartment complex around 2:30 p.m.
The incident began when the officer left an apartment with a woman and went to the parking lot of the complex. As he approached his vehicle, the officer observed a man who had broken into his vehicle and was wearing his ballistic vest and had his service weapon, according to Chief Michel Moore.
Off-duty LAPD officer shot in chest, officials say – Los Angeles Times https://t.co/HUJ7QWUxca
— Hector Becerra (@hbecerraLATimes) April 29, 2021
The officer confronted the man with his backup handgun and an exchange of gunfire erupted. The shootout continued through the parking garage to a breezeway behind the apartment complex.
Chief Moore said the officer struggled with the man before the situation turned into “what we believe to be a gun battle between the both of them, with the suspect using the officer’s primary duty weapon.”
In the breezeway, the suspect was shot in the arm and shoulder, and fell to the ground, according to authorities.
Burglar shoots off-duty LAPD cop after stealing his service weapon … (New York Post)
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was shot multiple times with his own service weapon o…
— New York City Briefly (@NewYorkCity_b) April 29, 2021
The officer recovered his stolen firearm from the suspect, and then retreated back to his vehicle where he collapsed with two gunshot wounds to the chest and one to his thigh.
Other officers responded to the scene and surrounded the apartment complex. The officer was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Chief Moore said he spoke to the officer before he underwent surgery:
“I spoke with him before he went into surgery. Obviously, these are very traumatic injuries, and he is grateful to be alive, but he is not out of the woods yet.”
LAPD Chief Michel Moore says the off-duty officer shot in the parking garage of a Sherman Oaks apartment building today underwent surgery and is expected to recover, though "he's not out of the woods yet." https://t.co/rZdcWvbRJW
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) April 29, 2021
The responding officers located the suspect in the breezeway as he was tossing magazines from the stolen firearm over a fence.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital with three gunshot wounds. He was listed in stable condition.
RT @KTLA: Update: An off-duty LAPD officer is in stable condition after being shot with his own own service weapon during a "gun battle" with a suspect who stole the officer's gun and bulletproof from a car parked in a Sherman Oaks apartment garage https://t.co/cqG5j2wuOH
— Trixy (@itrixy) April 29, 2021
The woman who accompanied the officer was not injured during the incident.
The incident remains under investigation, but Chief Moore stated the incident appeared random rather than a targeted attack.
Officials are working to determine how the suspect was able to access the officer’s vehicle inside a secured garage.
Chief Moore said that the officer is a member of the detective’s bureau and typically keeps his vest and firearm inside his vehicle.
Officials have not released the name of the officer or suspect.
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