As we close out 2017, a year when Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions pushed the ridiculous idea that Black Lives Matter and leftists were hunting down police officers, it’s worth noting that it was actually one of the safest years ever for cops being shot or killed on duty.
A total of 45 officers have been feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2017, according to unofficial FBI data updated earlier this month. That number tracks closely to other counts from independent sites and marks a significant downturn from 2016, when a total of 66 officers were feloniously killed. Barring a catastrophe in the final days of the year, the annual total will be well below the average seen over the last 20 years.
These figures follow a year in which Trump and other administration officials have sought to build on the president’s self-described “law and order” campaign by speaking out against a perceived uptick in attacks on police and pushing back against police reform efforts.One of Trump’s first official acts as president was to sign an executive order “Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers,” a largely symbolic gesture that dovetailed with his campaign rhetoric.
At a ceremony for fallen officers in May, Trump cited violence against police in 2016 as evidence of an emerging crisis for law enforcement.
“We are living through an era in which our police have been subject to unfair defamation and vilification, and even worse … hostility and violence,” Trump said. “More officers were slain last year in ambushes than in any year in more than two decades.”
And isn’t it funny how anyone who dares to criticize law enforcement officers is obviously an anti-American commie pinko Muslim atheist vegan…until the FBI investigates Trump, and then the most important law enforcement agency in the country is run by those anti-American commie pinko Muslim atheist vegan, probably on the payroll of George Soros and are clearly a part of the “deep state.” They are neither trying nor pretending to be coherent or consistent in their positions. And why should they? Their base will lap up anything they shovel out.
Oligarch Lives Matter.