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More police officers were killed in 2021, the first year of Democrat President Joe Biden’s presidency, than have been killed in any single year going back to 1995.
Using various sources, Fox News has determined that 73 officers were killed in 2021.
“The last time more than 72 officers were killed was in 1995, when 74 officers were intentionally killed on the job. … The next highest number of officers intentionally killed on duty was 72 in 2011,” Fox News reported Sunday.
All three records have occurred under Democrat presidents — first former President Bill Clinton in 1995, then former President Barack Obama in 2011 and now President Biden.
The 72 killings in 2021 up from 46 in 2020, which was former Republican President Donald Trump’s last year in office. More died in 2021 despite 2020 having been the year of both the Black Lives Matter riots and the start of the COVID pandemic.
Cop killings throughout all of Trump’s presidency stayed relatively low, with 48 being killed in 2019, 56 in 2018 and 46 in 2017.
“I’ll tell you what, cops love Trump, Trump loves cops.”
– @realDonaldTrump in Minneapolis, MN at tonight’s #KAG Rally
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) October 11, 2019
Cops LOVE Trump, DESPISE Biden. pic.twitter.com/adH98Jf0gd
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) September 11, 2021
And indeed, just as police killings spiked by roughly 59 percent going from Trump to Biden, killings likewise declined by 30 percent going from Obama in 2016, when 66 killings were reported, to Trump in 2017.
Speaking with Fox News, Law Enforcement Legal Defense president Jason Johnson attributed the most recent spike to “a combination” of the 2020 riots and “a general feeling of a preference for less law enforcement, and less prosecution and less policing.
Incidentally, all three factors have been staples of Democrat Party policies since at least 2009, the year Obama launched what critics call his “war on police” by accusing several “stupid” Massachusetts officer of making a “racist” arrest of a black college professor.
While it was a small attack at the time, relatively speaking, over the years it ballooned into a full-scale assault, with the then-president constantly rushing to judgment against the police every time a black suspect was fatally shot by them.
Barack Obama started a war on cops
— Jillian Anderson 🚛🚚🚛 (@Jillie_Alexis) January 19, 2021
FBI report warns Americans are paying dearly for the war on cops started under Obama https://t.co/SLqXE2bTpl pic.twitter.com/hX2u3urcCn
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 9, 2017
Continuing his remarks to Fox News, Johnson said that cops aren’t looking for citizens to excuse them when they, the police, act badly.
“Police don’t expect you to be supportive if what they’ve done is wrong. That’s certainly not what we’re asking for,” he said.
All they want, he said, is for people — particularly Democrat politicians — to stop rushing to judgment.
“What we asked for is that the president and the administration not make a premature, judgmental and frankly wrong comments … next time a viral video comes out,” he said.
Sometimes not even a video is needed. When Ferguson criminal suspect Mike Brown was fatally shot in 2014, there was no video — just dubious claims that he’d had his hands up the moment that a police officer opened fire and fatally shot him.
Those claims were later debunked in full, but not before both the Obama administration and the establishment press had seized on the moment to create what would later be coined the Ferguson effect.
The Ferguson Effect: How Obama’s racial pimping has endangered ALL Americans http://t.co/NGi0c9SBST via @BizPacReview pic.twitter.com/KnTJ01eU99
— World-Wide News (@kencampbell66) May 31, 2015
Fast-forward to 2020, when Minneapolis criminal suspect died while in police custody. This time there was a video, in addition to years and years of built-up resentment from the Ferguson effect. And so despite a pro-police Republican president being in office, violent riots erupted across the country, triggering a crime wave that has yet to relent.
It doesn’t help, Johnson added, that “a lot of leaders in these cities and leaders in Congress and leaders in the White House have really voiced a lack of respect for law enforcement officers.”
And indeed, he believes the trend will continue until leadership across-the-board changes trajectory.
“Until and unless we see some leadership — both in the White House and in individual cities, district attorneys that are willing to hold police accountable when they’re wrong but are willing to support them when they’re right — we’re going to continue to speak up not only with increasing levels of violent crime but increasing numbers of assaults and the killing of law enforcement officers,” he said.
Biden has for his part begun speaking out against “defunding the police,” but it’s still a far cry from the tough rhetoric his critics, particularly those in the pro-police, anti-criminal Republican Party, would like to hear.
Psaki claims there is “no basis” that Biden is “soft on crime.”
Except… Biden won’t secure our border, refuses to call out progressive prosecutors releasing violent criminals into our communities, and has named Defund the Police backers to his administration.
Should we go on? pic.twitter.com/CpKwqIF2EV
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 31, 2022
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