CNN buried the lede in its article about intentional killings of law enforcement. It claimed the 73 officers who “died in felonious killings in the line of duty in 2021” is the most in 20 years.
However! It is the “highest total recorded by the agency since 1995, excluding the 9/11 attacks.”
So if you don’t count 9/11 the 73 officers are the most in 26 years.
The homicides all point to the death of George Floyd in May 2020. The left used his death to go after law enforcement. From CNN:
Gunfire has consistently been the leading cause of felonious officer deaths each year — and 2021 was no different. The FBI has not released its full end-of-year breakdown but reported that 55 officers were killed by gunfire in 2021 through the end of November, up from 39 in the same time frame in both 2020 and 2019.
Homicides rose in 2020, a year marked by a global pandemic and the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent unrest. In its 2020 UCR report, the FBI noted that an increasing number of homicides were committed with a gun. For many cities, the elevated rates of homicide continued into 2021.
The data also showed an increase in “unprovoked” attacks. The FBI defines unprovoked as “not prompted by official contact at the time of the incident.” It defines ambush as an “entrapment and premeditated attack.”
Out of the intentional killings, the FBI classified 25 of them as unprovoked through December 27.
The FBI’s unprovoked stat usually comes in with a single-digit number.
CNN highlighted two possible unprovoked attacks:
In late 2021, two Bradley, Illinois, police officers were shot while responding to a call about dogs barking in a hotel parking lot — Sgt. Marlene R. Rittmanic died from her injuries and Officer Tyler J. Bailey was hospitalized in critical condition.
In Baltimore, Officer Keona Holley died last month after being shot while sitting in her patrol car. Two suspects were charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Holley after they confessed to the crime, but their motive remains unclear, said Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
I said “possible” because CNN stated: “It’s not yet clear if the Bradley, Illinois, shooting, or Holley’s death would be classified as an unprovoked attack or an ambush by the FBI.”
Homicides in General
The data showed that two-thirds of the “40 most populous cities saw more homicides last year than in 2020.” Ten cities had more homicides in 2020 than any other year.
I wrote about Chicago because it’s my home, but when you think of crime and homicide, the Windy City comes to mind. You search “Chicago Homicide” on the website you can see that Chicago’s homicide numbers grow each year.
CNN did not disclose that Democrats run quite a few of the cities. Mike blogged about the stat last month. A lot of them have district attorneys backed by George Soros.DONATE
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