A "historic" 346 police officers were shot
in the line of duty in 2021 — 63 of whom were killed, according to the
National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represents more than
346,000 U.S. law enforcement officers.
number of officers shot in the line of duty last year is up from 312
officers shot in 2020, 47 of whom were killed, and 293 shot in 2019, 50
of whom were killed, according to an FOP analysis.
we have said before, the recent erosion of respect for law enforcement
and anti-police rhetoric has fueled more aggression towards police
officers than what has been seen in previous years," FOP President
Patrick Yoes told Fox News in a statement.
76 CHICAGO COPS WERE SHOT OR SHOT AT IN 2021
five states with the highest numbers of officers shot in the line of
duty were Texas (43), Illinois (29), California (23), Georgia (19) and
Elizabeth French, in white, and her son Andrew, left, follow the
casket of her daughter, Chicago police officer Ella French, after a
funeral service at the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel Thursday, Aug.
19, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
"Ambush-style" attacks — when officers are shot
at without any warning or opportunities to defend themselves — were up
115% in 2021 compared to 2020, with 130 officers shot in 103 ambush
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Yoes encouraged Congress to pass the "Protect and Serve Act" of 2021 that would make it a federal crime to knowingly cause or attempt to cause injury to an officer.
attacks on law enforcement officers during 2021 were a harsh reminder
that our law enforcement officers are not just in harm's way due to the
dangerous nature of their profession, but that they are the targets of
cowardly individuals whose sole motivation is to injure or kill a law
enforcement officer," Yoes said. "Despite all of this, the brave men and
women of law enforcement will continue to hold the line, stand in
between good and evil, and work tirelessly to protect the communities
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More than a dozen major U.S. cities
ended 2021 with either record homicides or the highest homicide numbers
in two or three decades, including Atlanta (30-year record) and Chicago
(25-year record), even as other violent crimes such as aggravated
assault and non-violent crimes such as burglary decline in the same
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Meanwhile, police killed 1,117 civilians in 2021 — down from 1,127 in 2020 but up from 1,072 in 2019, according to the Mapping Police Violence database.
police killings (34%) began with alleged violent crime encounters,
other nonviolent offenses (17%) and traffic stops (11%), according to
The Los Angeles Police Department marked an increase
in cases where officers shot or killed people in 2021 compared to
either of the last two years. LAPD officers shot people 38 people — 18
of them fatally — in 2021 as of Dec. 29, according to the Los Angeles
Times. Officer William Jones fatally shot a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 26
when he fired at a suspect who allegedly attacked several people in a North Hollywood Burlington Coat Factory store and ended up fatally striking the girl.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.