President Barack Obama likes to talk about the problem of police brutality toward minorities, but he has conveniently left out the brutality that is too often shown toward cops.
In fact, in just the first half of this year, shooting deaths of police officers rose a whopping 78 percent, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Halfway through 2016, 32 officers had been killed in gun-related incidents, compared to only 18 deaths during the same period in 2015, the NLEOMF study found.
This drastic increase in law enforcement shooting deaths has put 2016 on a pace of becoming the deadliest year for police officers in decades. With 67 total deaths in the police community so far this year, shooting incidents have been responsible for nearly half of them.
Those numbers were bolstered by the recent massacres in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana — two states that lead the country in the number of law enforcement deaths with 13 and seven so far this year, respectively, according to the study.
Traffic accidents, which have claimed 24 law enforcement lives so far this year, have also contributed to the total number. But unlike shooting deaths, traffic fatalities have actually decreased by 17 percent when compared to last year’s numbers.
The president, who should be the country’s biggest promoter of law and order, has opted to ignore these horrific statistics and instead has focused on coddling criminals while degrading law enforcement officers for doing their jobs.
Police officers should not feel undermined by their president, but instead, they should feel nothing but support and encouragement while on the job. These community heroes have to make life-or-death decisions on a daily basis — a job that already isn’t easy even without the president assuming the worst about you at every turn.
Obama could have left a legacy of racial unity and healing. Instead, history will remember that, particularly in the last year of his tenure, the country’s 44th president promoted a divisive, anti-authority rhetoric that led to an unprecedented number of law enforcement murders.
Was that what he meant by his promise of “change”?
(via: Conservative Tribune)