Terrifying report shows that there’s a record number of police officers who have been completely ambushed and murdered

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A police officer is murdered every five days. Nearly half did not engage with their assailants before being attacked-highest in 30 years.

The highest number of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty since the 9/11 attacks.

The 458 officer deaths (most due to COVID) surpassed the 1930 record of 312 fatalities and reflect a 55% jump in line-of-duty deaths.

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I appreciate the assistance from the FBI’s public affairs team in creating this article.

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I was reading about crime data (65,000 more people victimized by violent crime than the year before) when I came across the FBI’s police mortality data.

I read no fewer than thirty commercial and justice-related news sources every week; few mentioned the fact that we are at record highs for police officer deaths.  It was ignored by most via a Google news search.

What is really shocking was the fact that nearly half of murdered police officers did not engage their attackers designated as “unprovoked.” Unprovoked is defined by the FBI as “An attack on an officer not prompted by official contact at the time of the incident between the officer and the offender.”

Comments From The FBI Director (rearranged quotes)

FBI data shows 73 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2021 — nearly half of whom did not engage with their assailants before being attacked, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in January.

“These four murders brought the total number of officers feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2021 to 73, the highest annual number since the 9/11 attacks,” Wray wrote. “That’s the equivalent of one officer murdered every five days. In a year when homicides and violent crime reached distressing levels, this 20-year high hasn’t received the attention it deserves.”

Nearly half of the 73 officers killed did not engage with their assailants before being attacked, Wray said.

Additionally, three of the FBI’s own agents were killed in 2021, including Special Agents Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin, who were murdered while investigating crimes against children, and FBI Task Force Officer Greg Ferency, who was killed in an ambush outside an FBI office.

Last year marked the deadliest for line-of-duty police and law enforcement officers since 1930, with 458 officers dying in 2021. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death and firearms-related deaths were the second-leading cause.

COVID-19 accounted for 301 deaths, or 66%, of the 458 fatalities reported last year, according to preliminary statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). The NLEOMF recorded 62 firearms-related officer deaths – 16 less than the FBI’s count.

The 458 officer deaths surpassed the 1930 record of 312 fatalities and reflects a 55% jump in line-of-duty deaths compared to the 295 officer deaths in 2020.

The figure accounts for all line-of-duty deaths through Dec. 31, 2021, and represents law enforcement officers at the federal, state, county and municipal levels.

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The graph on police officer deaths from the FBI (below) is hard to read. It was scaled down to fit this page. See the FBI-Crime Data Explorer and download.

The summation states:

The 73 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in 2021 represent a 58.7 percent increase compared to the 46 officers killed in 2020 and the highest total since 2011.

Of the 73 felonious deaths in 2021, 61 involved firearms, 6 involved vehicles used as weapons, and 4 involved personal weapons.

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

In 2021, unprovoked attacks (24), investigative/enforcement activities (9), ambushes (8), and pursuits (8) were the cause for 67.1 percent of the felonious deaths (49 out of 73); in 2020, those 4 circumstances combined represented 39.1 percent of the deaths (18 out of 46).

The preliminary reporting of 24 unprovoked attacks resulting in officer deaths remains a concern, because this circumstance significantly outpaced all other felonious officer deaths in 2021 and reached the highest total in over 30 years of reporting.

Accidental law enforcement deaths increased 21.7 percent when comparing calendar year 2021 (56) to 2020 accidental deaths (46). The deaths were the result of motor vehicle crashes (31), pedestrian officers struck by vehicles (21), and drowning (4).

The southern region had the most law enforcement deaths with 69 deaths total (44 felonious, 25 accidental).

In 2021—although not represented in the below graphic—279 officers died from the following medical conditions: 257 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty from illnesses related to COVID-19, 17 officers died due to heart attacks, 3 officers succumbed to cancer, 1 officer died due to other natural causes, and 1 officer died from conditions associated with responding to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Police Officer Deaths

Police Officer Deaths

Conclusions

The data above was mentioned when 60 Minutes interviewed FBI Director Christopher Wray and that prompted a small number of regional articles. It was also offered by Law Enforcement Today; I added additional details with the help of the FBI.

The FBI’s police mortality data wasn’t totally ignored but the lack of mainstream media coverage is distressing. As the FBI’s director stated, officer deaths haven’t “received the attention it deserves.”

We have skyrocketing violence and fear of crime yet police proactivity, overall employment, arrests, and correctional numbers are down considerably.

But downplaying the record number of police officer deaths and not acknowledging that close to half feloniously are unprovoked should lead the country into some serious soul searching. We are losing a lot of officers. We have over 65,000 additional violent crimes.

Former Texas Sheriff turned U.S Congressman says Capitol Police broke the law entering his office to take photos

WASHINGTON, DC – Texas Congressman Troy Nehls is not mincing words.

For starters, the former sheriff of Fort Bend County claims that Capitol Police violated the Speech and Debate clause of the Constitution when they entered his congressional office and started snapping pictures.

He went further into detail saying that the department has been lying about the ordeal the entire time.

The story was originally carried in February by the website Roll Call.

An officer entered the Nehl’s office and took photos.

The department chief J. Thomas Manger said that this is standard practice when an office is left unsecured and unattended. They take photos of the office to document that it is unsecured and then they lock the door to prevent someone form stealing anything or doing other “nefarious things”.

According to Chief Manger, that is all that happened.

The USCP issued a statement pertaining to Nehls response.

“This morning a U.S. Representative complained about one of our vigilant officers. Chief Manger stands by his officer.

‘The United States Capitol Police is sworn to protect Members of Congress. If a Member’s office is left open and unsecured, without anyone inside the office, USCP officers are directed to document that and secure the office to ensure nobody can wander in and steal or do anything else nefarious.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, one of our vigilant officers spotted the Congressman’s door was wide open. That Monday, USCP personnel personally followed up with the Congressman’s staff and determined no investigation or further action of any kind was needed.

No case investigation was ever initiated or conducted into the Representative or his staff.’ – U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger”

But Nehls took exception to the claim, saying that their doors were not left open.

Nehls tweeted a 7-post thread detailing what he believes happened.

The thread reads as follows:

“The @CapitolPolice Intelligence Division investigated my office illegally and one of my staffers caught them in the act.

On November 20th, 2021, Capitol Police entered my office without my knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.

Two days later on Monday November 22, 2021 (Thanksgiving week), three intelligence officers attempted to enter my office while the House was in recess.

Upon discovering a member of my staff, special agents dressed like construction workers began to question him as to the contents of a photograph taken illegally two days earlier. 

@CapitolPolice never informed myself or senior level staff of their investigation and the reasons are clear. They had no authority to photograph my office, let alone investigate myself or members of my staff.

So, why is the Capitol Police Leadership maliciously investigating me in an attempt to destroy me and my character?

Maybe it is because I have been a vocal critic of @SpeakerPelosi, the @January6thCmte, and @CapitolPolice leadership about their handling of January 6th, the death of Ashli Babbitt and the subsequent SHAM investigation.”

Francesca Granato, Nehls’ spokesperson, issued a statement:

“The issue is not whether or not the officer entered the office legally, the issue was the ‘vigilant’ officer in question took a photo of private Congressional material that is protected under Article I, Section 6 of the Speech and Debate clause in the US Constitution.

Imagine leaving your front door open and police officers enter your private home, take pictures of the inside, and then open a criminal investigation based on those pictures. How can Chief Manger issue a statement, and fail to mention the photograph that was illegally taken?”

Nehls joined the John Solomon Reports podcast on Friday, May 6th to expand on the details of what has been happening since the back-and-forth with USCP made news back in February.

He pointed to an upcoming USCP Inspector General’s report that will show that he and/or his staff actually were under a federal investigation when the officers entered and started taking the photos.

If the IG report does in fact state that, it brings the integrity of Chief Manger into question, and leads to the following question.

Why did he lie?

Alluding to the report, Nehls told Solomon:

“What it’s going to show is that the Capitol Police were trying to preserve evidence taking this picture. And so, the IG will tell you that I was under investigation when you’ve got the chief of police saying I was never under investigation.

I can assure you, I was under criminal investigation. So I’m looking forward to getting this report on next week.” 

Nehls believes that it all stems from his criticism of the agency and how they handled the events of January 6th, the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt, and the investigations that has been conducted since then.

“I’d been beat up, beat to hell on social media by the far left, everybody calling me an insurrectionist and everything else because they actually felt that I was the threat because of my position on J6,” he said on the podcast. I exposed J6. I exposed the Capitol Police leadership team for failing to do their damn job.

And if they would have done their job, J6 would have never ever happened. If the National Guard would have been deployed on our nation’s capital on Jan. 4, and all of the intelligence were there, January 6th would have never taken place. But there are people that wanted it to take place.”

Law Enforcement Today will follow this story for the release of the IG report and provide an update when it is made available.

Terrifying report shows that there's a record number of police officers who have been completely ambushed and murdered

For more on the original story from February, we direct you to an editorial written by a LET staff writer and former police chief.

Are the U.S. Capitol Police now spying on Congressional Republicans? It sure looks that way

This article contains content which is editorial in nature and is the opinion of the writer.

WASHINGTON, DC- Last year, we wrote about the US Capitol Police (USCP) trying to expand their footprint across the U.S. Based on stories coming out of the US Capitol, that’s probably a far worse idea than we originally thought.

Reports have come forth that the USCP were actually putting Republican members of Congress under surveillance, along with their staff as well as people with whom they are meeting.

Now, Republicans are demanding that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chairwoman on House Administration Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) investigate, rightfully claiming this spying on lawmakers raises significant constitutional issues.

According to Fox News:

The Republicans wrote that the report revealed the Capitol Police are also “monitoring the online activity of congressional staff and individuals who meet with Members of Congress” and that the force is “reviewing property tax information” to learn the owners of the buildings “where the meetings take place” as well as “reviewing online information to determine if any of the meeting attendees have contacts with foreign nationals.”

“Additionally, Capitol Police were directed to look for information on donors and staff ‘that would cast a member in a negative light,’” the letter reads.

“If true, these allegations are serious violations of Americans’ civil rights and civil liberties,” it continues. “Our constituents have the right to petition Congress and they should be able to exercise this right without fear that Capitol Police will scrutinize their property taxes, social media, or relationships.”

The lawmakers said the report “also leaves many serious questions unanswered,” such as if the Capitol Police routinely looks into the backgrounds of Americans meeting with lawmakers or if the investigating has been done with the knowledge and approval of the lawmaker they’re meeting with.

 Of course, asking Pelosi to do anything about Republicans being spied on is a fool’s errand—in fact, she’s likely behind it.

When confronted about their apparent spy campaign on Congressional Republicans, the Capitol Police didn’t even try to deny it; they claimed it was for “security” reasons.

“The more public information we have, the better we can understand what kind and how much security is necessary,” the statement said. Ironically, or not, only Republicans appear to be victims of this new search for “security.”

One Republican lawmaker they conducted additional “security” on is Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL):

Analysts also were tasked with sifting through tax and real estate records to find out who owned the properties that lawmakers visited. For example, the unit scrutinized a meeting that Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) held with donors in a private home. Analysts eyed the homeowner’s and attendees’ social media accounts, and looked for any foreign contacts they had.

“These reports are incredibly disturbing,” Scott spokesperson McKinley Lewis said in a statement. “It is unthinkable that any government entity would conduct secret investigations to build political dossiers on private Americans. The American people deserve to know what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi knew and directed, and when. Senator Scott believes the Senate Rules Committee should immediately investigate.”

As bad as the incident involving Scott is, one involving Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) is far worse and he has called the statement issued by the Capitol police a “lie.”

As Red State previously reported, the USCP accessed Nehls’ office without his permission in November and took pictures of confidential legislative information which included a picture of his whiteboard on which the term “body armor” was listed.

Just two days later, they returned—dressed as construction workers—and browbeat them about the picture they had illegally taken.

In this case, the term “body armor” didn’t mean anything nefarious or have anything to do with the insurrection last January but referred to a federal contractor in Texas who had committed fraud by supplying Chinese-made body armor as opposed to U.S.-manufactured body armor.

In an amazing display of chutzpah, the Capitol police issued a bizarre and unbelievable story about the reasons for their actions:

“The United States Capitol Police is sworn to protect Members of Congress. If a Member’s office is left open and unsecured, without anyone inside the office, USCP officers are directed to document that and secure the office to ensure nobody can wander in and steal or do anything else nefarious.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, one of our vigilant officers spotted the Congressman’s door was wide open. That Monday, USCP personnel personally followed up with the Congressman’s staff and determined no investigation or further action of any kind was needed.

No case investigation was ever initiated or conducted into the Representative or his staff.”—U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger [emphasis added]

This statement is of course absurd. “No case investigation was ever initiated or conducted into the Representative or his staff?” Perhaps Chief Manger can explain if that is true, why two days later officers returned, disguised as construction workers, and grilled Nehls’ staff.

Likewise, if they weren’t conducting an “investigation” why therefore would they be concerned with what was written on the whiteboard? Sorry chief, your story doesn’t wash.

Nehls in fact called it a “bold faced lie.”

More from Fox News:

“The issue is not whether or not the officer entered the office legally, the issue was the ‘vigilant’ officer in question took a photo of private Congressional material that is protected under Article I Section 6 of the speech and debate clause in the US Constitution,” Francesca Granato, a spokesperson for Nehls said in a statement.

“Imagine leaving your front door open and police officers enter your private home, take pictures of the inside, and then open a criminal investigation based on those pictures.”

“How can Chief Manger issue a statement, and fail to mention the photograph that was taken?” Granato added.

Nehls meanwhile claims he was targeted because he has been critical of the Pelosi sham January 6 inquisition.

“Power corrupts…absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  

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For more on the US Capitol Police and plans to expand the agency across the country, we invite you to read our prior report on the issue.

DIG DEEPER

The following editorial was written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

Law Enforcement Today has been sounding the alarm bells for a while about what we see as a move to federalize all law enforcement in the country.

When the Biden administration identified “domestic white extremism” as the most serious threat facing our country—more than China, Russia, and Iran—that rang those alarm bells even louder.

This week, the alarm bells reached a fever pitch when it was learned that the same people calling to “defund the police”—that’s our police not their police are planning to expand their police beyond the borders of Washington, D.C.

According to the New York Times, the U.S. Capitol Police are planning to expand outside Washington, D.C into Florida and California, opening regional offices to address the rising threats against members of Congress. The scheme is designed “to better protect lawmakers.”

So let’s think about this for a minute. We already have federal law enforcement agencies—the FBI comes to mind. So why on Earth do we need to expand the U.S. Capitol Police into a nationalized police agency?

According to the acting chief of the US Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, threats against Congress have doubled since 2017, with a majority of those emanating from outside of Washington, DC, she said.

The Times said that according to Tim Barber, a spokesman for the Capitol Police, the plan is to open several additional regional offices because the department plans to “transform” itself after the alleged “insurrection” on January 6. Barber said the incident “exposed serious deficiencies in the Capitol Police’s gathering and dissemination of intelligence, preparedness and training.”

Barber analogized the move as being similar to the Secret Service, which has multiple field offices among multiple states and countries. He said, “Capitol Police need to be able to monitor and quickly investigate threats against lawmakers wherever they occur.”

The two initial field offices will be opened in San Francisco, California and Tampa, Florida, where a number of these “threats” emanate from.

So let’s get this straight. Congress, where a number of Democrats have demanded the defunding of police (or dismantling as suggested by Democrats Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI)), is planning on increasing the budget for their “protection.”

More disturbing, as Roll Call reports, while Congress has asked, no demanded that law enforcement practices nationwide by overhauled, calling for accountability and transparency, those same lawmakers seem perfectly content with the US Capitol Police being allowed to operate in secrecy. Since the agency is part of the Legislative branch of the government, it is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It is exempt.

Yes, despite all the caterwauling, whining and grandstanding about police accountability, those same demands are being ignored when it comes to the US Capitol police.

This is problematic especially in light of the fact that hundreds of American citizens have been arrested, some subjected to solitary confinement in light of the January 6 US Capitol incident, yet information about the incident is being held in secrecy. Tens of thousands of hours of video from the event is being shielded from public view.

Roll Call said that on May 19, they requested a copy of annual Capitol Police inspector general reports going back to 2015 through FOIA. In response, James W. Joyce, senior counsel for the department said they would not comply with the request, writing in part:

“…please be advised that the United States Capitol Police, as a legislative branch entity, is not an ‘agency’ as defined by 5. U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq., under the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, the USCP is not subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.”

Likewise, a House Administration Committee aide was asked for a Capitol Police IG report said he was told those reports are “law enforcement sensitive” and “not a matter of public record.”

So let’s get this straight. The over 18,000 police agencies across the U.S., state and municipal are required to release documents (with reasonable restrictions) under FOIA, some which are “law enforcement sensitive,” yet the Capitol Police gets absolute immunity from releasing records? What exactly are they trying to hide?

While Nancy Pelosi and her minions are calling for state and local police departments to be defunded, the proposed budget under the Legislative Branch for 2021 would increase spending for the Capitol Police across the board, which would fund the department at over one-half a billion dollars, or $520.2 million.

Accountability of the Capitol Police has actually made strange bedfellows, as conservatives as well as some progressive groups have demanded increased transparency and accountability.

For example, Demand Progress, an (obviously) progressive organization has written to several lawmakers demanding increased accountability for the agency. Daniel Schuman, the group’s policy director said that almost 10 percent of annual arrests made by Capitol police officers are made at Union Station, located near the US Capitol. They say a majority of those arrests are made for traffic violations or drug offenses.

“When the USCP is acting in a law enforcement capacity, it should be held to similar standards as other law enforcement agencies,” he wrote in a letter. “When it acts like a federal agency, it should be held to account like all federal agencies.”

Since this has begun taking shape, Nehls has also lent his support to a House committee seeking to bring accountability to the USCP and their board.

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Anne Weismann, chief FOIA Counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has made similar records requests of the Secret Service and noted that while they hold some “sensitive to law enforcement” documents back, she says the Capitol Police’s denial of records requests is unnecessary.

“You have a police force that is answerable only to Congress and not the public, even though they can take actions that will have a direct effect on the public,” Weissman said. [emphasis added]

“This moment in time, it’s probably more striking than ever that we have a police force that does interact with the public, but there’s no public accountability.” [emphasis added]

This is what is so troubling about this expansion of the Capitol Police across the country. Here we have the federal government using consent decrees against municipal police agencies while investigating others for alleged “civil rights” violations.

Yet all of these departments are subject to FOIA and public disclosure of what they are doing. Now we have Pelosi and the other far-left loons who want to unleash a federal law enforcement agency with widespread power and NO accountability.

 

The expansion of the Capitol Police amidst demands to defund the police was not lost on a number of people on social media:

“Jan 6 was no joke, downplaying it is one of the more irritating things I see on here, but he way that the security state is using the attack to expand its power is very very bad.”

“This is always what ‘defund the police’ meant. The federalization of policing in America continues.”

 

“To better protect lawmakers…” This is as dangerous as it is unconstitutional. No secret federal police force. We need to shut this down yesterday.”

 

“So a secret police force? Do you see what is going on America?”

 

“Unless Congress expands the Act that created the Capitol Police…They have No Jurisdiction in other states…”

 

“It seems we’ve transitioned from the ‘outpouring of sympathy’ stage to the ‘full frontal assault on individual liberty’ stage of this whole thing.”

 

We know that Democrats are desperately attempting to erase American history however world history teaches a lot about how things go under nationalized police—1930s Germany comes to mind.

When we first started to examine this push for defunding the police, especially in the midst of an explosion in crime across the board—it made zero sense. It made less sense that the very people charged with ensuring their constituents are safe and secure—our political leaders—remained silent as cities across the US devolved into violence and near anarchy last summer. Now it is starting to make sense.

There have been a ton of questions about the incident on January 6. We at Law Enforcement Today have raised some of those questions.

The most important three questions are why did the people in charge of security at the US Capitol turn down the Pentagon’s offer of National Guard troops to help with security on January 6th?

Second, what did Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the leadership of the House and Senate at the time know, and when did they know it?

And finally, what if anything was the FBI’s involvement in the siege? Did the FBI in fact have people embedded among the groups who were behind some of the violence at the Capitol? If they did, to what extent did they facilitate and drive the events? These are all important questions.

The January 6 incident at the US Capitol is being used as a pretext for this unprecedented expansion of federal law enforcement, in this case by an unaccountable agency under the control of political partisans. What could go wrong? World history tells us exactly what could go wrong.

Law Enforcement Today will keep on top of this evolving, important story.

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