On Thursday, the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) released some alarming statistics regarding attacks on law enforcement members nationwide:
As of June, 51 law enforcement officers have been shot in 40 ambush-style attacks this year. Including non-ambushed attacks, 150 officers have been shot thus far in 2021 and 28 police officers have been killed by gunfire.
In all of 2020, 48 ambush-style attacks occurred that left 60 wounded and 12 dead, according to the organization's 2020 summary—a 91 percent increase in ambush-style attacks from the year before, according to the NFOP. The new numbers represent a disturbing uptick of assaults against police in the past few months.
The figures are coupled with staffing problems at local police departments as few forces are able to replace officers who retire or otherwise leave police forces across the nation amid the Defund the Police movement.
Former Commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) Bernard Kerik announced in March that he will no longer recommend the NYPD to young people who are considering a career in law enforcement. Thee statements came as New York City Council passed several controversial police reforms bills that handcuff NYPD officers and strip the cops of control over the department.
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) shared the same tweet, commenting:
"This year: 150 officers shot. 28 tragically killed. Ambush attacks increase 91%. Crime up across the country. Let this be an important reminder to all those who spent the last year demonizing police & defunding law enforcement. Words & actions have consequences. #BackTheBlue"
Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general and acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, commented:
"This speaks for itself. Like most Americans, I very much appreciate the bravery and commitment of our law enforcement personnel all across the country."