Law Enforcement Deaths Hit Record High in 2021
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more police officers have died in 2021 than any other year in American history.
As Madeline Hubbardd of Just the News reported, this comes against the backdrop of heightened challenges police departments are facing, which includes “staffing shortages, COVID-19 and skyrocketing crime rates.”
In 2021, the estimates of officers killed in the line of duty span 358 to 477. Compared to figures in 2020, firearms-related fatalities grew by 31% and traffic-related deaths increased by 30%.
Over 320 officers died as a result of COVID-19, which made up 67% of fatalities in 2021, per an Officer Down Memorial Page report. Some reports estimate 836 deaths because of COVID.
Remarkably, of the 29 Border Patrol agents who perished in 2021, 27 deaths were due to agents contracting the virus during the line of duty.
Conservatives have resoundingly criticized the Biden administration for implementing COVID testing requirements for people who legally enter the United States, but not for illegal aliens.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data revealed that 70 police officers have been feloniously killed in 2021. This figure represents an increase of over 50% in one year. According to a November FBI report, unprovoked attacks, which involved an officer being killed without having contacted the offender, “continued to outpace all other circumstances of felonious officer deaths.”
“Ambush-style attacks” increased by 126% at the start of December 2021, the Fraternal Order of Police highlighted.
Additionally, crime rates are surging nationwide. Homicides grew by 30% from 2019 to 2020, according to initial CDC reports. Murders went up even more in 2021. 12 cities broke homicide records in December 2021, per an ABC News report.
“Nobody’s getting arrested anymore,” former New York Police Department detective Robert Boyce declared. “People are getting picked up for gun possession, and they’re just let out over and over again.”
A significant number of officers quit in the aftermath of the 2020 summer associated with Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd. One study conducted over the summer discovered that “Officers resigned at a 279% increased rate.”
Overall, the political climate in the U.S. is getting heated. So much so that impartial law enforcement bodies are becoming gutted or demoralized.
There can be vigorous debates about police abuse and malfeasances, but trying to undermine the institution of law enforcement through violence and legislative subversion is not an answer. In fact, it could be part of a larger plot to create a federal system of law enforcement that will make local police look like church boys in comparison.
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