Coinciding with an unprecedented surge in violence in cities like Chicago and Baltimore last year, the 2016 Law Enforcement Officers Killed And Assaulted (LEOKA) report released by the FBI earlier today has revealed a staggering increase in criminal attacks against police officers. Per the report, a total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, of which 66 were felonious, a 61% increase versus 2015 and 144% increase compared to 2013.
A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released today. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.
Additionally, 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty, with nearly 30 percent of those officers being injured in the incidents.
All of these numbers increased from figures reported in 2015, when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty. There were 50,212 assaults against law enforcement listed in the 2015 LEOKA report.
Of the 66 officers who were killed in criminal incidents, the most common categories of circumstance surrounding officers’ line-of-duty deaths were ambushes (17), followed by answering disturbance calls (13), and investigating suspicious people or circumstances (9).
Meanwhile, a total of 509 officers have been killed in the line of duty since just 2007 at an average age of just 40 years old with 87% of them being white and 96% men.
Of course, something tells us that the one chart released by the FBI today that will get the most attention from CNN and democrats in Washington D.C. is the following which reveals that 92% of all cop murders over the past decade have been carried out with guns.