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Shooting Deaths of On-Duty Police Up 67 Percent

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 01:27 PM

It's a very dangerous year to be a cop in America. Overall, police deaths in the line of duty from all causes are up 21 percent, but police deaths from firearms have risen 67 percent over 2013.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports that so far this year, there have been 35 firearms-related police deaths in the line of duty, compared to only 21 by this time in 2013.

Bernard Kerik, former police commissioner of New York, told Newsmax he believes the problem is, "People just have less respect for the police and are more confrontational with the police.

"When you start assassinating cops, it's an anti-government perspective, and police need to stay vigilant and realize there's this mind-set out there that people can resist the police," he said.

"Any spike of over 50 percent in the number of police dying in gun battles is a major, major spike."

Kerik cited the murder of Jersey City police rookie Melvin Santiago, 23, gunned down in an ambush by Lawrence Campbell, who fired 13 rounds into the windshield of a police car responding to a drug store Campbell had invaded. He never intended to rob the store, telling a witness he was "going to be famous" as he waited for his intended victims, the police, to arrive.

Campbell was killed in turn by police, Fox News reported.

"Police have been gunned down who weren't even in confrontations," Kerik tells Newsmax. "We see a lot of that today. Walk up to a guy, say, 'You're under arrest,' a peaceful confrontation, and the guy resists.

"There is a lack of respect for authority and a lack of respect for the police."

Police officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck were having lunch when they were killed in June by the white supremacist couple Jerad and Amanda Miller in Las Vegas. A bloody gun battle erupted and 52 shots were fired before cops killed Jerad and Amanda killed herself, the New York Daily News reported.

"One of the biggest challenges that all of us have is if somebody is set on taking their own life, they're not afraid of taking another person's life," Richard Beary, vice president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, told Fox News.

"I think that's what we're seeing in a lot of these cases, where they murder and then commit suicide.

"We've had some good years and right now, we're in a bad one," Beary told Fox. "In general, we're seeing more violence in society and that violence in society leads to violence against police officers."

"I personally think we're too focused on politics and political posturing and all this political correctness," Kerik tells Newsmax. "There are bad guys out there who do bad things and we have to go out and get them."


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It's a very dangerous year to be a cop in America. Overall, police deaths in the line of duty from all causes are up 21 percent, but police deaths from firearms have risen 67 percent over 2013.
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