The death of George Floyd in 2020 sparked protests across the country and anger at police officers. This also led to an increase in officers who were killed in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports that while there was no similar outrage for George Floyd’s death in 2021, this year saw a record number of police officers being killed in the line of duty.
The News is that there are estimates of between 358 and 477 officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2021. Both numbers are significantly higher than in previous years. Compared to 2020, firearm-related deaths are up 31%, while traffic-related deaths are up 30%.
This is due to a wave of resignations from law enforcement in the wake of the George Floyd Riots in summer 2020. Joe Biden also supported defunding the police movement and referred to police as “the enemy”.
According to an FBI report, unprovoked attacks are those in which officers are killed without having any contact with the offender. According to the Fraternal Order of Police, “ambush-style assaults” increased 126% in December compared to the previous year.
Robert Boyce, a former detective with the New York Police Department, says crime rates have skyrocketed this year because criminals aren’t being held responsible.
Boyce stated that “nobody is getting arrested anymore.” “People are being arrested for gun possession and then they’re released over and over.”