More than 150 U.S. police officers have been shot dead this year, at least 24 of them in the line of duty, according to figures compiled by the Fox News digital show.
“Criminals feel free to get involved in crime,” the sergeant said. Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokeswoman for the National Police Association and a retired officer with nearly three decades of experience. “We see videos all over TikTok and Instagram, where criminals are doing things and they are not afraid of the police, the security guards, the store managers, none of this.”
As of Tuesday 2022, at least 156 officers had been shot across the country, according to the Fraternal Order of Police data, with additional information from the Gun Violence Archive.
El Monte, California, Tuesday – Two officers were shot dead in the CPL. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana. The suspect was a known gang member, Justin William Flores, who was on probation despite being found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm.
The California suspect who killed two El Monte police officers was on probation for gun charges, sources said.
“His conviction in the gun case was consistent with the outcome of the trial for this type of crime, given his criminal history and the nature of the crime,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office told Fox News on Wednesday. “By the time the court sentenced him, Mr Flores had no documented history of violence.”
The Police fraternity orderThe world’s largest association of law enforcement officers, police firing between January 1 and June 1 has increased by 10% this year. Compared to 2020, this number has increased by 20%.
“We are in the third year of the war on policing, the renewed war against policing in the post-George Floyd world,” Smith said. “And then we have these ‘wake’ plaintiffs who don’t keep people in jail.”
The two suspects convicted of killing the last three policemen should have all been in jail, she said.
“If he was in prison, all three cops would be alive,” she said.
According to the FOP, there is also the problem of ambush-style attacks.
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As of early June, six officers had been killed in 42 such shootings, according to the organization.
According to police, Flores, an El Monte suspect, was shot dead after attacking officers at a motel in Los Angeles County. Sources in the prosecutor’s office told Fox News that he would have been sentenced to about three years in prison if he had been tried in accordance with standard procedures, rather than Gascon’s blanket instructions.
The year began with violence. Los Angeles Police Officer Fernando Arroyo was shot dead during a robbery on January 10 – when he was out shopping with his girlfriend for a new home.
A few days later, a man fired a .45-caliber handgun at NYPD officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora from his mother’s bedroom in New York City. Both were promoted to posthumous detectives.
Two more officers were killed before the end of the month: Cpl. Charles Galloway and Vancouver Police Department officer Donald Sahota at the Harris County Constable’s office in Texas.
The states with the highest number of line-of-duty shootings as of June 1, 2022 are Texas and Arizona, 14 each. Nine shootings occurred in both New York and Georgia. Missouri saw eight and Washington saw seven.
Police morale is low, and anti-police sentiment is high in “awakened” cities and counties, leading to an increase in officer shootings as well as crime, said Smith, a spokesman for the National Police Association. Officers are also leaving the job at an increasing rate, and there are difficulties in recruiting departments.
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“We have to fight this false story that American law enforcement is a threat to our communities,” she told Fox News Digital on Thursday.
Noting the recent recollection of San Francisco Democratic District Attorney Chesa Boudin, the public is also showing signs of moving away from progressive efforts to reform criminal justice, including the removal of cash bail and the reduction of fines for repeat offenders.
“San Francisco has recalled Chesa Boudin and now a big movement is underway in Los Angeles to recall George Gascon,” she said. “I think it could be a trend right now – not every state has that mechanism. So I think we can see a trend politically that this is going to happen.”
Another positive sign for police, she said, is Atlanta’s recent decision to offer growth and retention bonuses. But it may take time for the country to curb the growing police violence.
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“Meanwhile, the police are dying,” she said. “We’re being attacked, we’re being injured, and it’s not just fatal shootings … Most of the police officers who have been attacked don’t die, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have life-changing, career-ending injuries.”
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Bill Melugin contributed to the report.