Violence Against Police Rises After Dallas Shootings
Officers are being gunned down across the country
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Fund, 56 officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2016. 26 of those officers were killed in firearm related death; this number is 44% higher than this same time last year.
On Thursday, five officers were shot and killed while they monitored a peaceful protest in Dallas, TX.
The protest was just one of many happening across the nation, as a result of recent police shootings involving two black men, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, MN, both incidents were caught on camera.
Dallas has become just one of the many acts of violence happening against police officers. Shortly after the five officers were shot and killed, several more attacks were reported throughout the day, Friday.
According to Fox News, in Roswell, GA, a man fired shots from a moving vehicle at a Roswell police officer, who was patrolling the area around 1 a.m., Eastern Time, Friday. The officer involved pursued the suspect and arrested him after the suspect crashed his stolen vehicle.
Another shooting took place in Bristol, TN, where FOX Carolina reports a man opened fire on a Tennessee highway, early Friday afternoon, targeting police officers because he was troubled by the recent incidents involving black people and law enforcement officers. The individual killed one person and wounded three others, including one officer.
FOX 2 KTVI St. Louis reported an officer was shot during a traffic stop in Ballwin, MO around 11 am Friday. The officer was returning to his vehicle when the motorist fired three times, striking the officer in the neck. The officer is in critical, but stable condition.
The Associated Press reported that a police officer was shot while responding to damage to property call at an apartment complex in Valdosta, GA around 8am, Friday morning. The officer returned fire, striking the gunman. Both were taken to an area hospital, where the officer is in stable condition and the gunman is in serious condition.
The most recent shooting reported also occurred in Valdosta, GA late Friday afternoon, when an officer was responding to a 911 call about a break-in. The responding officer was ambushed and shot when he arrived on scene. Both the officer and gunman were wounded in the ensuing gunfire. Both are expected to survive.
And in light of the recent events, the Washington D.C. Police Department Police Chief issued an order mandating all police officers to now work in pairs, as well as increasing security around all police facilities.