Towards the end of Obama’s presidency, violence against police officers was reaching a disturbing pitch. That is all changing now. For the first time in three years, the number of deaths of law enforcement officers is finally going down.
The Washington Times reports:
Law enforcement deaths drop for first time in 3 years
The number of U.S. law enforcement fatalities dropped by 10 percent in 2017, marking the first decrease in line-of-duty deaths in three years, according to a report issued Thursday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Forty-seven of the 128 line-of-duty deaths reported so far this year were from traffic-related incidents, making that the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2017.
Fatal shootings of officers accounted for 44 deaths, a decline from the 66 fatal shootings reported in 2016. Ambush-style attacks, in which unsuspecting officers were fatally shot, notably dropped from 21 incidents in 2016 to eight cases this year.
Last year’s high number of ambush killings was an anomaly, according to Craig W. Floyd, the CEO of the NLEOMF. But last year’s tragedies helped raise awareness within law enforcement agencies about precautions officers could take to protect themselves from being blindsided in similar situations, and those actions could have potentially contributed to the decline in fatal attacks in 2017.
What a difference it makes to have a president who backs up the police.