Not that the media seems to be taking notice, but police officers across America are being ambushed as the nation comes to grips with the worst loss of life in law enforcement since 9/11 with the deaths of five Dallas cops.
And the numbers show that cops being killed in the line of duty is trending up.
Officers have been targeted in Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri in the aftermath of high-profile incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota, where two black men where shot and killed by law enforcement.
Fox2 St. Louis reported:
The attack in Tennessee occurred hours before the killing of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the attacker told authorities that he was frustrated by the recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Police have not disclosed a motive in Friday’s attacks in Georgia and Missouri, which have been described as ambushes.
In a fourth attack early Friday, a motorist fired at a police car as the officer drove by. In all, four officers were wounded. The officer wounded outside St. Louis is in critical but stable condition. The wounded officers are expected to survive.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the gunman “ambushed” the officer. The attack taking place Friday around 11 a.m. and the officer was shot three times — he is in critical but stable condition.
In Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said an officer was lured to the scene, with that attack happening just hours after five Dallas cops were killed in an ambush. The officer was hit several times, but is expected to survive.
The gunman in Tennessee was targeting white people, according to authorities. A newspaper carrier was killed and three others injured, including a police officer who was wounded in the leg.
Amid all the chaos, the number of police killed so far in 2016 — 26 — is up 44 percent from 2015, USA Today reported.
The stats are from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and compare to 18 officers killed at this point in 2015.
“That’s certainly a concern for us. It’s troubling and it’s something that we watch,” said Nick Breul, director of research for the fund. “It’s really an assassination. You’re taking advantage of an officer and you’re ensuring that you’re able to kill them through them either being vulnerable or through a complete surprise attack.”
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