New FBI statistics show that 60,105 law enforcement officers were assaulted on the job in 2020, with 30.9% of them – 18,568 – suffering injuries as a result. The total number of officers assaulted jumped by 4,071 from 2019, when 56,034 line-of-duty assaults were reported, the FBI said.
The president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) Jason Johnson blamed the spike in assaults due to the rise of activist movements, including defund the police, which encouraged the decriminalization of crimes, emboldening criminals and making it harder for police to do their jobs.
“This spike in assaults on law enforcement officers comes at a time in which law enforcement is seemingly under attack on all fronts,” Johnson told Fox News.
“Activists have called for (some successfully) de-funding of police, while prosecutors in cities across America have made clear their intention to decriminalize everything from theft to prostitution. It’s hard to imagine the two trends are not closely related,” continued Johnson, the former deputy commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department.
National Sheriffs’ Association President, Fayette County, Ohio, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, told Fox News: “These numbers are horrific and sad, but unfortunately not surprising after seeing this troubling year for law enforcement in 2020.”