A top law enforcement advocacy group has claimed attacks on police officers are skyrocketing, citing a recent wave of anti-police rhetoric. On Thursday, the National Fraternal Order of Police claimed these attacks have surged 91 percent in the past year.
The organization pointed out 150 officers have been shot, 28 have been killed by gunfire and 51 officers have been shot in 40 ambush-style attacks so far this year. The order attributes the “defund the police” movement and rise in hateful rhetoric targeting law enforcement as reasons for the wave of violence.
Several pro-police organizations have pointed to Democrat leadership as bearing some responsibility, arguing they aren’t using their positions of power to quell the hateful rhetoric. Joe Biden has gone so far as to criticize the so-called militarization of police departments and has claimed officers end up becoming the enemy of the communities they serve.