By Saul Roth
The recent increase in murders of all kinds across the US is drastic.
One officer gets killed every five days, which has gotten worse since 2019 when there were 1,000 people who lost their lives at police hands alone each year – even though only a small proportion result in criminal charges.
It’s believed that “an alarming percentage” of these officers were targeted and ambushed while out on patrol.
The Fraternal Order of Police, an organization that advocates for police officers across America has recorded 103 “ambush style attacks” on them in 2021.
The result is 130 injured and 30 killed.
The data shows that there was a 29% increase in murder rates from 2019 to 2020.
This is the sharpest increase since 1960, when national level recording began.
The New York Police Department had a high-profile incident this year. In January, two officers were shot and killed while responding to an apartment building for domestic disturbance calls in Manhattan. The suspected shooter died when another officer opened fire at him.