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FBI data shows 60,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted in 2020, up 7.2% from 2019

Earlier this week, the FBI released statistics showing that over 60,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted while on-duty in 2020. In its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA), the FBI revealed that a total of 60,105 officers were assaulted last year. This is a significant increase of 7.2% from the 2019 numbers.

The FBI, in its Law Enforcement Data Explorer, obtained data from 9,895 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. They found that 60,105 officers had been attacked in 2020, a 4,071 jump from 2019’s 56,034. Only 30.9% of those assaulted (18,568) were injured. Additional statistics showed that 44,421 officers were assaulted with bodily (hands/feet/etc.) weapons, of which 25.8% were injured. Firearms were involved in assaults against 2,744 officers with 6.1% sustaining injury. 1,180 assaults were with knives or similar weapons, causing a 9.7% injury rate. Of the remaining 11,760 officers assaulted, other dangerous weapons were used and 6.8% were injured.

Earlier this year, the FBI released another report showing the number of officers who died in 2020 while on duty (Covid-19 deaths not taken into account). There were 93 total deaths, with 46 from felonious acts acoss 25 states, and 47 from accidents. This was actually a decrease from 2019’s 48 deaths from felonious acts. Other data has shown that in the past two years, Covid-19 has been the leading cause of death among officers throughout the United States. As of October 12, there have been 59 law enforcement officers fatally wounded in 2021; 23 of them were from unprovoked attacks.

Patrick Yoes, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told Fox News that he believed the increase in violence was from “lingering animosity toward law enforcement officers, overheated political rhetoric, and a decline in respect for law and order,” adding that “100 law enforcement officers were shot in 81 separate ambush-style attacks in just this year – a 153% increase from this time in 2020.” The percentage of police leaving their jobs between June 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021 reached the double digits. FBI Director Christopher Wray has said that the profession has become more dangerous than ever before.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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