FOP President: “Pandering prosecutors, cynical politicians” to blame for spike in violence against police


USA- The president of the National Fraternal Order of Police is pulling no punches when it comes to who to blame for the large number of police officers shot in the line of duty in 2022, one which the FOP president called “one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement in recent history,” Fox News reports.

The FOP released a report this past Wednesday detailing the attacks on police officers over the past year. With 323 officers shot in the line of duty, 60 of whom succumbed to their wounds. That number does not include cases where police were shot at, but were not injured.

FOP President Patrick Yoes pulled no punches as to who the organization believes is to blame for the willingness of criminals to attack police officers, noting it was the “failed policies of pandering prosecutors and cynical politicians.”

The 2022 numbers were down slightly from 2021, the worst year for attacks on police officers, where 346 officers were shot, 63 of them killed, since the FOP started recording data in 2015. The last two years were significantly more dangerous for police officers than 2019 and 2020.

Yoes also stressed the surge in violence against police officers is worse than anything he’s witnessed in his 36 years as a police officer, noting that there were 87 ambush-style attacks on police officers in 2022, which resulted in over half—31—of the 60 deaths.

“Many will often look at this data and just see numbers. We MUST remember that they represent heroes—fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters,” Yoes wrote. “Thankfully, because of the dramatic improvements in medical trauma science and anti-ballistic technology, the lethality of these attacks would be much greater.”

One measure before Congress might help to address the problem of ambush attacks, the “Protect and Serve Act” (S.774; H.R. 3079) which has been languishing in Congress since at least 2018.

Yoes noted that he simply cannot imagine the “heinous acts” committed by violent brazen criminals are willing to commit against innocent law-abiding citizens if they are willing to go as far as they apparently are to attack police officers. He said it is understandable why civilians in the United States are so concerned about the rise in crime and living in fear.

Yoes directed some of his criticism toward “rogue prosecutors,” noting that more people will continue to violate the law if they think they can get away with it. Yoes didn’t name names, but the names George Gascon (LA), Larry Krasner (Philadelphia), Kim Foxx (Chicago) and Kim Gardner (St. Louis), among many others, would possibly come to mind.

“Law abiding citizens saw the real-life consequences of what happens when elected officials embrace pro-criminal, revolving-door policies and make decisions that put the interests of violent offenders ahead of public safety,” Yoes wrote.

“These decisions—failures to prosecute violent offenders for their crimes or, even worse, releasing repeat offenders arrested for crimes who show a propensity for escalation of violence—make our communities less safe.”

Yoes ended by saying “enough is enough,” while calling on all Americans across the country to take a stand against the rampant violence against police officers, the thin blue line between good and evil.

“Truthfully, the violence against those sworn to serve and protect is beyond unacceptable; it’s a stain on our society, and it must end. It is incumbent upon our elected officials and community leaders to stand up, support our heroes, and speak out against the violence against law enforcement officers,” he wrote.

Those officers killed in the line of duty in 2022 will have their names added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC next year.

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