The FBI confirmed something law enforcement officers across the country have long known — we are engaged in a “war on cops” and we’re paying dearly because of it.
— Law Officer Magazine (@LawOfficer) May 8, 2017
Because of public sympathy for anti-cop protesters, the report found that “law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm.”
As the result, a large number of areas across the country are engaged in “de-policing,” putting local residents at risk, according to the study, titled “The Assailant Study – Mindsets and Behaviors,” which examined more than 50 police killings last year.
“Law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders [publicly] stood against them, but also that the politicians’ words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the [Michael] Brown shooting,” the study notes.
The Michael Brown shooting resulted in the false “hands up don’t shoot” narrative and prompted the beginning of the “Black LivesMatter” movement.
Another result of the anti-police sentiment is that cop killers were more likely to use deadly force against police officers, because they perceived that public sentiment was on their side.
The FBI report also reiterated a report published late last year by the Manhattan Project’s Heather Mac Donald that found that as Chicago police officers backed off of policing because of anti-cop sentiment, the city’s murder rate skyrocketed.
“Chicago is Exhibit A in what happens when the police back off from enforcing public order, having been told that maintaining control of the streets constitutes racial oppression,” she wrote in the New York Post report.
The FBI study reported that police officers even place themselves in jeopardy because of the anti-cop sentiment. It cited one example where an officer refused to use deadly force to protect himself when slammed to the ground and mercilessly beaten out of “fear of community backlash.”
“The officer informed the superintendent that the officer chose not to shoot because the officer didn’t want his/her ‘family or department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on the national news,’” the report said.
Folks on social media placed responsibility for this deadly state of affairs on the previous administration.
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@Christine_Brim My takeaway: Obama era DOJ policies poisoned the well for officers to be able to work with a complaint citizen. Defiance was promulgated.
— Jeff (@Jazny1Jeff) May 5, 2017
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