The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports that a total of 60 law enforcement officers have died in firearms-related incidents in 2016, marking a 67 percent increase since 2015.
Citing a preliminary report from January 1 through November 23, the organization said that Texas has seen the most fatalities this year with 18. California is #2 with 10 fatalities.
So far, 130 officers have died nationwide.
The worst attack occurred in Dallas back in July when a black man assassinated five white officers. That was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
Ten days later, another black man assassinated three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers. The cop killer, Gavin Long was associated with the Nation of Islam, the militant Muslim group led by Louis Farrakhan and supported by Barack Hussein Obama.
FOX reports that San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi was the 60th officer shot to death this year, compared with 41 in all of 2015, and the 20th to die in an ambush-style attack, compared with eight last year, Craig W. Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said.
Marconi was also assassinated by a black man.
An ambush-style attack does not necessarily involve someone lying in wait for police officers; it’s any shooting designed to catch police off guard and put them at a disadvantage, Floyd said.
“There usually is an element of surprise and concealment involved,” he said, and it’s unprovoked.
Police have been killed while writing reports, like Marconi was, or eating in restaurants. They’ve responded to 911 calls, only to have people shoot them as they get out of their cars. And in the Dallas shooting, they were targeted by someone in a building.
“In all the cases, the officers were essentially assassinated before they had any contact with the suspect or placed that suspect in jeopardy,” said Nick Breul, the Memorial Fund’s director of officer safety and wellness.
This year’s targeted killings are the most since 1995, Floyd said. In fact, Marconi’s was the fourth targeted slaying of an officer this month: On Nov. 2, two Iowa officers were killed in separate but related attacks.
And on Nov. 10, a Pennsylvania officer was targeted as he responded to a domestic disturbance.
Again, a total of 60 law enforcement officers have died in firearms-related incidents in 2016, marking a 67 percent increase since 2015.
Police groups have issued sharp criticisms of those they see as facilitating a “war on cops,” often taking direct aim at President Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mothers Jones reported.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the National Association of Police Organizations stated, “While we mourn and grieve and commit ourselves to supporting the survivors, we must also stand up and speak out against the senseless agitators and gutless politicians who helped bring about these murders.”
The post also criticized the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights for its supposed refusal “to prosecute cop killers”:
President-elect Donald Trump had received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, who praised his “real commitment to law enforcement.”
The order’s national president, Chuck Canterbury, told Politico that “Mr. Trump, has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today. He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again.”
“He’s made a real commitment to America’s law enforcement, and we’re proud to make a commitment to him and his campaign by endorsing his candidacy today,” Canterbury said. “Donald Trump may not have ever been elected to public safety, but he is a proven leader and that’s what we need for the next four years — a leader unafraid to make tough choices and see them through.”