According to preliminary statistics released by the FBI, 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014, an increase of almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. The 2013 total, 27, was the lowest in the past 35-years (whiched averaged 67 cops/year.
By circumstance, 11 officers died from injuries inflicted as a result of answering disturbance calls (one of which was a domestic disturbance). Ten officers were conducting traffic pursuits or stops, eight were killed as a result of ambushes (six due to entrapment/premeditated situations and two during unprovoked attacks), and six officers were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances. Five officers sustained fatal injuries while they were performing investigative activities, four while they were engaged in tactical situations, three officers were handling persons with mental illness, and one officer was slain during a drug-related matter. Three officers were killed while attempting other arrests.On top of the 51 cops who were killed by criminals, 44 other officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty in 2014. This total represents five officers fewer than the 49 officers who were accidentally killed in 2013.
Offenders used firearms in 46 of the 51 felonious deaths. These included 32 incidents with handguns, 11 incidents with rifles, and three incidents with shotguns. Four victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons, and one was killed with the offender’s personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).
Thirty-five of the slain officers were confirmed to be wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Five of the 51 officers killed fired their own weapons, and six officers attempted to fire their service weapons. Seven victim officers had their weapons stolen; one officer was killed with his own weapon.
Twenty-eight of the officers died as a result of automobile accidents, six were in motorcycle accidents, and five were struck by vehicles. Two of the officers were killed from accidental shootings, one from drowning, one from blunt force trauma, and one died as a result of smoke inhalation.The mainstream media focuses on the people killed by the police, even though in most cases like the Michael Brown killing the cops are cleared of wrong doing. Each time a cop is cleared of wrongdoing the Obama Justice Department brings forward a civil rights investigation and so far in each of those cases the Police are cleared.
Yes there are bad cops, but they are few and far between. Why are we concentrating on pre-judging each and every police officer who is suspected of wrong doing and ignoring those who risk their lives each and every day to protect our family? Why are the rare cases of an officer doing wrong front page national news while most of the time the death of a cop gets little mention?
Over the weekend, Officer Benjamin Deen, and Officer Liquori Tate were gunned down in Hattiesburg, Miss. The story was/is being covered by the national media. But in a week or so that coverage will quickly fade but we will still hear about Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. People like Al Sharpton will still look for TV Cameras to help him incite hatred.
It's twisted how the media and the progressive politicians more time on scum like Sharpton, than honoring those who serve and those who lost their lives serving.
May the cops who have been killed in the line of duty rest in peace, and my God provide comfort to their friends and loved ones.