The Data Explained
The media will tell you that there is no war on police. They will base their claims on the fact that less police officers have died in the line of duty in recent years. However, what the media isn't telling us is that police officers are attacked, assaulted, and/or shot daily. Whether or not the result of those attacks are death should not be a deciding factor in whether or not society has turned their backs on our police. Criminals who attack and assault police in the last year and a half have been given more media attention than almost any other news story. Media, politicians, and celebrities celebrate these people and defend them- with some even making very large donations to their families. The celebration and defense of people who break the law and harm officers is causing others to feel empowered and leads to an increase overall of police officers who are attacked in the line of duty. Another unintended effect of this glorification is that police officers are losing morale and the courage to do their jobs properly, as one detective said after being attacked- "I hesitated because I didn't want to be in the media like I am right now".
Please feel free to contact Law Enforcement and Supporters for Media Accountability (LESMA) if you have any questions or any submissions you would like to add. This data is compiled by our organization and Chris Musto.