The National Fraternal Order of Police on Thursday released a statement following the fatal shooting of two Connecticut police officers blaming "anti-police rhetoric" by some for "placing our officers in greater danger."
Bristol Police Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, died on Wednesday after engaging in a shootout with two brothers who authorities say faked a 911 call about a domestic dispute.
Law enforcement has not released any information about the motive of the suspect, 34-year-old Nicholas Brutcher, who also died during the shootout, but Connecticut State Police said that "preliminary information appears to point to the 911 call being a deliberate act to lure enforcement to the scene."
In a Twitter statement, the National Fraternal Order of Police said: "Since Monday, at least 12 police officers have been shot. The spewing of anti-police rhetoric by some political and media figures as well as the failed policies of rogue prosecutor and judges are placing our officers in greater danger. This culture of lawlessness must stop!"
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