At least 30 officers from police and law enforcement have been the victims of shootings just in the month of January. This figure is up by 67% compared to the same period last year, according to new statistics. It comes as the head of the United States’ largest police union described the violence against cops as “the worst I have ever seen.”
Five officers who were shot in the line of duty have died, with four of the incidents being “ambush-style attacks,” according to the press release published by the National Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday. The union found that five officers got shot and three were killed by ambush gunfire.
⚠️ Violence against the police continues, with no end in sight. As long as rogue prosecutors are in office, no one is safe—not law-abiding citizens, not police officers.
LEOs can once again deliver historic results reducing crime. But not if we’re handcuffed from doing our job! pic.twitter.com/3lRFRgtyRS
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) February 1, 2022
“The number of ambush-style attacks listed does not include the countless incidents where an officer was shot at but not struck by gunfire during an ambush-style attack,” the FOP report reveals.
The statistics account for shooting incidents in New York City, where two officers were killed while three others were injured, and Houston, where four officers were shot in January. In Wisconsin, three officers have been shot and another three were wounded in Georgia. Several other states that reported shooting incidents against officers include Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Washington State. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., one officer was also struck.
“In just the first month of 2022, we saw the real-life consequences of and felt the immense pain caused by the recent surge in violent crime and the heinous acts of cowardly individuals whose sole motivation is to injure or kill a law enforcement officer,” FOP President Patric Yoes said. “No officer should be at risk of being violently targeted simply because of the uniform they wear.”
He also mentioned that violence against law enforcement is rapidly increasing while the country sees a surge in crime rate.
“I have worked in law enforcement for 36 years,” Yoes went on to say, adding that “the current level of violence targeted at our law enforcement officers is the worst I have ever seen.”
On Tuesday, hundreds, if not thousands, grouped up to start saying their goodbyes to New York Police Department Officer Wilbert Mora.
"Pretending violent crimes are part of some other reality will not help victims. Ms. Psaki owes them an apology." pic.twitter.com/lwPxp8lOhE
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) January 31, 2022
Mora, 27, was an NYPD officer from the 32 Precinct in Harlem who died on Jan. 25. He succumbed to his injuries four days after suffering a gunshot wound in the head from a domestic violence suspect.
Det. Jason Rivera, who was Mora’s partner, was also killed during the encounter. The suspect reportedly used a high-capacity magazine and a handgun, which, after investigations, were found to be stolen.
Earlier this week, Yoes criticized White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki as she allegedly mocked and belittled “Americans’ concerns about the nation’s skyrocketing crime rates and increased violence.”
Yoes’ comments were made following Psaki’s criticism of Fox News for the news site’s coverage of crime in the country.