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.
The 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.
As violent crime reached historic levels in 2021, so did the attacks on law enforcement:
⚠️ 346 Officers Shot
⚠️ 63 Officers Killed by Gunfire
⚠️ Ambush Attacks on Officers Up 115% from 2020 (YTD)
If your elected officials don’t suport law and order.. VOTE THEM OUT in 2022! pic.twitter.com/D1kuGBNWDt
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) January 3, 2022
“As 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.
The five states with the highest numbers of officers shot in the line of duty were Texas (43), Illinois (29), California (23), Georgia (19) and Florida (17). – READ MORE