Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), referred to the increasing violence against law enforcement. In addition, he detailed that police killings increased by 59% in 2021. The total murder rate increased 29 % last year, and the country lost 73 police officers to these attacks.
“Violence against law enforcement in this country is one of the biggest phenomena that I think doesn’t get enough attention. Last year, officers were being killed at a rate of almost one every five days,” Wray said during an interview on CBS News.
“Wearing the badge shouldn’t make you a target,” said Wray, in reference to the targeted attacks.
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“Some of it is tied to the violent crime problem as a whole. But one of the phenomena that we saw in the last year is that an alarming percentage of the 73 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year were killed through things like being ambushed or shot while out on patrol,” he highlighted.
Authorities working to address situation, says FBI director
Wray assured that despite the situation, authorities continue to work to address the increase in violence. “We are working very hard with our partners, state and local law enforcement partners, through task forces, task forces all over the country. And through surging rapid deployment teams to try to combat violent crime in specific hot spots.”
“Last year I think we arrested something like 15,000 violent gang members around the country. And part of what fuels us to pursue this mission is our deep conviction that law enforcement’s most sacred duty is to ensure that people can live free from fear in their own homes and neighborhoods,” he added.