A review by the Washington Examiner revealed that intentional acts of aggression against police officers such as stabbings, gunfire, and ramming with vehicles has spiked by 40% in the first 6 months of 2021 by contrast with last year. Crime has steadily risen the United States since the beginning of President Biden’s term in office.
So far this year, 38 law enforcement officers have been slain, representing a jump of 41% compared with last years data. The information was sourced from the Officer Down Memorial Pate. From January 1 to June 19 of 2020 there were 27 officers pronounced dead from homicidal acts.
In 2019, there were 24 officers slain in the same time frame, making this year a 58% increase by comparison. Reaching back as far as 2016, there were only 22 pronounced dead within that approximate 6 month timeframe, making 2021 73% worse than 2016.
In 2021 to date, 153 law enforcement personnel have died of duty-related illness, accidental crashes, drownings, and COVID-19 when combined with the homicide numbers.
Robert McFarland, an Iowa Correctional Officer was beaten to death on March 23 with a hammer. Sergeant Dominic Vaca from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. in California was shot to death during an ambush while pursuing a fleeing motorcyclist on May 31. Officer Dominic Winum from the Stanley Police Department of Virginia was brutally riddled with bullets before exiting his patrol car while performing a traffic stop on Feb. 26.
In one of the better known incidents from April 2, William Evans, a U.S. Capitol Police Officer was killed by being rammed with a car outside of the Capitol Building by a man wielding a knife, who was later shot to death. Evans lays in honor with in the Capitol Rotunda, a rare honor normally reserved for influential U.S. political figures and foreign dignitaries.
At the beginning of the month, Christopher Wray, director of the FBI called attention to the “troubling” trend this year in officer fatalities, citing the recent “uptake in violence against. . . law enforcement.”
He said that the current death statistics amount to an average of two law enforcement personnel killed by gunfire every week, without counting those who die due to other dangers of the job such as vehicle accidents, drowning, and coronavirus, which as Wray pointed out, police officers were particularly at risk of being exposed to even during “the teeth of the pandemic.”
As more officers fall in the line of duty, and many more quit outright, crime is on the rise, with cities such as New York and Atlanta seeing a near doubling in reported rapes, a nearly 60% jump in murders, and grand theft auto increasing by 36%
Author: Blanche Burton