Earlier this week, the nation was rocked with the report out of Houston, Texas that 5 police officers had been injured in a shooting incident. I recall hearing the earliest report locally where I live and all it said was the 5 police officers had been shot in Houston and that the suspect was down. We didn’t know if any of the officers were alive or dead, only that they had been shot.
By the next morning, we learned from Fox News:
“At about 4:15 p.m. local time, a group of about a dozen officers with the Houston Police’s narcotics unit responded to a residence they suspected was a hub for drug dealing, particularly the sale of ‘street-level narcotics’ like ‘black tar heroin,’ Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at an evening news conference held outside the hospital. The two suspects had opened fire on the team of officers.”
“‘Narcotics officers tried to serve a search warrant,’ Acevedo said. ‘They announced themselves as police at the time. Immediately upon reaching the door, the officers came under fire from one or two suspects.’ One suspect, according to the police chief, momentarily retreated into the home and then returned to the front of the location to resume shooting.”
“‘As a result of the exchange of gunfire,’ both suspects were shot by police and reported dead on the scene, Acevedo reported.”
“The names of the undercover officers were not released but they range in age from 33 to 54, with the oldest having been shot several times previously, according to Acevedo.”
It seems that over the past decade that there has been a war against law enforcement officers. In the report from a very liberal source – CBS This Morning, who reported:
“According to the FBI, the number of law enforcement deaths by weapons has increased and could climb. Forty-three officers were killed in the line of duty in 2017 compared to 53 last year. The last 5 years, 804 on duty officers have been killed.”
I have to admit that for several years, I blamed this on Barack Obama and his anti-law enforcement actions, especially after the April 2014 shooting of a black teen criminal who was physically beating up a police officer. Obama supported the outcry of black activists, even after it was proven that the black teen was 100% at fault for his own death.
After hearing the staggering figures presented by CBS, I went looking a little deeper and was surprised to see what I found. First of all, I believe the CBS report of 804 officers killed in the line of duty in past 5 years also includes those who have died as the result of accidents and other means.
Check out this graph that covers the period from 2007 through 2017:
It’s apparent that many criminals declared open season on law enforcement officers before Obama entered the White House, however there was a spike in 2014, that some still attribute to the anti-police rhetoric spewed by Obama and Eric Holder.
Over the past decade or two, the entertainment industry has often portrayed police officers as bumbling fools or blood-thirsty violence loving criminals with a badge. Neither of these portrayals lends itself to anyone having respect for law enforcement.
Yet, I won’t place all of the blame on the entertainment industry or Obama, but on a morally decaying culture that is killing America, much like the way cancer spreads through someone’s body. What’s worse is that the liberal leftists, progressives and socialists – aka Democrats – have only encouraged the growing anarchy in our land and as such, it is likely that CBS could be right that the number of police officers killed in the line of duty could well continue to increase.
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