Death toll of American police officers sees massive spike in the first half of 2021

A number of progressive Democrats have pushed an anti-police narrative to their followers over the past few years, and, unfortunately, it appears as if that narrative is at least partially responsible for wreaking absolute havoc on the law enforcement community this year.

According to the Washington Examiner, new data revealed that there has been an alarming — and downright frightening — uptick in fatal, violent acts against America’s police officers. In the first six months of 2021, there has been a 41% uptick, compared to last year, in police officers dying as a result of gunfire, intentional vehicle ramming, or being stabbed to death. 

As of this writing, 38 law enforcement officers have been killed in the first half of 2021, according to data obtained by the Washington Examiner from the Officer Down Memorial Page. In the same time period last year, 27 officers were killed as a result of the aforementioned types of deaths.

The numbers get even worse if comparing to previous years, such as in 2019, when during the same time period 24 police officers were killed in homicides-related deaths, which makes 2021’s count a 58% increase. That percentage jumps to a 73% uptick if you compared 2021 to 2016’s numbers when 22 officers were killed.

While it’s impossible to determine why the spike is occurring from a technical perspective, the horrific trend seems to be at least somewhat correlated with the rise in anti-police narratives, such as the “defund the police” movement, which has contributed to spikes in crime across many major American cities.

Not surprisingly, the increase in police deaths has caught the attention of the FBI, with its director, Christopher Wray, commenting on the alarming trend earlier in June during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a troubling uptake in violence against members of the law enforcement community,” Wray said.

“To put that in perspective, that’s almost two law enforcement officers shot and killed every week, and that’s not counting all those officers who’ve died in the line of duty facing the countless other inherent dangers of the job, like racing in pursuit of a suspect, and dying in a car accident, or drowning in an attempted rescue, or even the scores of officers who have died from COVID-19, because law enforcement, of course, kept coming to work every day, right through the teeth of the pandemic,” Wray added.

Until certain anti-cop Democrats and activist groups cease their anti-law enforcement narrative and until we reverse course and begin returning much-needed funding to America’s police departments, it’s not unreasonable to presume that the horrific trend will continue in the same direction.