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Intentional killings of law enforcement officers reach 20-year high, FBI says - Erie News Now

Intentional killings of law enforcement officers reach 20-year high, FBI says - Erie News Now
By Emma Tucker and Priya Krishnakumar, CNN

"When homicides go up, more shootings go up, and it contributes to an overall increase in violence and police officers find themselves in the middle of that environment," said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).Covid-19 still the leading cause of officer deaths Maria Haberfeld, chair of the Department of Law, Police Sciences, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College, who has analyzed data on police deaths in the line of duty, says that a rise in violence against police officers is a phenomenon that happens "every few years" because of an event that serves as a catalyst.Typically, she said, the uptick is tied to a high-profile case in which an officer or department is accused of misconduct and then that "spills over to all the other police officers around the country.According to the FBI, at least eight police officers also lost their lives in premeditated, ambush-style attacks last year.

"As tragic as this is to see this increase in felonious assaults against police officers, more officers will die of Covid than will be stabbed, shot, or die in traffic accidents and many of those deaths are preventable," said Wexler of PERF, a national police research and policy organization that advises police leaders on best practices.There was an increase in 'unprovoked' attacks In late 2021, two Bradley, Illinois, police officers were shot while responding to a call about dogs barking in a hotel parking lot -- Sgt.

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