FBI chief's concern over police deaths 'ignored' the defund movement

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The murder rate for police officers in the United States rose about 30% last year, but FBI chief Christopher Wray’s concerns “ignored” the defund movement that seeks to strip departments of funds for salaries, security and more.

A report from Fox News pointed out that, “FBI Director Christopher Wray completely ignored the movement to defund police on Sunday when addressing the skyrocketing rate of murders against police officers on ’60 Minutes,’ and veteran CBS journalist Scott Pelley didn’t bother to ask him about it, either.”

Wray had other concerns, explaining, “We’re seeing more and more juveniles committing violent crime, and that’s certainly an issue. We’re seeing a certain amount of gun trafficking, interstate gun trafficking, that’s part of it. And we’re seeing an alarming frequency of some of the worst of the worst getting back out on the street.”

The actual increase in the murder rate of police officers last year was 29%, and Pelley pointed out the huge increase in violence.

But both overlooked the aggressive and orchestrated campaigns set up by leftists who want to defund police departments, empty jails and prisons and eliminate arrest for many crimes.

“Violence against law enforcement in this country is one of the biggest phenomena that I think doesn’t get enough attention,” Wray complained.

He added, “Some of it is tied to the violent crime problem as a whole, but one of the phenomena that we saw last year is that an alarming percentage of the 73 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year were killed through things like being ambushed, or shot while out on patrol.”

He charged that, “Wearing the badge shouldn’t make you a target.”

Fox explained, “The movement to defund the police, which was pushed by both Democratic lawmakers and members of the media throughout 2020 and 2021, was never mentioned or referred to during the segment.”

That’s even though, the report noted, “Democratic leaders in large cities such as New York, Seattle and Los Angeles cut funds to police departments amid civil rights protests, and the move trickled down to smaller cities, metro areas and counties.”

Fox also noted that Wray expressed concern that America lost 73 police officers to fatal attacks in 2021.

The report added, “The National Fraternal Order of Police announced earlier in April that shootings of police officers had spiked 43% so far in 2022. The police union said 101 police officers had been shot in 2022 alone as of April 1.”

“The violence directed at law enforcement officers is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 36 years of law enforcement,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes said in an earlier statement.

“Last year was one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement, with more officers shot in the line of duty since the National Fraternal Order of Police began recording this data.”

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