Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement has created an overwhelming amount of hostility towards police officers, departments across the country in response have been “de-policing” more.
“Departments — and individual officers — have increasingly made the decision to stop engaging in proactive policing,” said the “Assailant Study — Mindsets and Behaviors” report, according to The Washington Times.
The Black Lives Matter Movement, which ignited after the 2014 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.”
“Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, 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 Brown shooting,” said the report, which was written in April. And in response “law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm.”
After analyzing the 50 incidents where police officers were killed while on duty, 28% were done due to the desire to “kill law enforcement,” many of which were influenced by social and political movements.
“The assailants inspired by social and/or political reasons believed that attacking police officers was their way to ‘get justice’ for those who had been, in their view, unjustly killed by law enforcement,” said the report.
The perpetrators said their hatred toward law enforcement was based on “what they heard and read in the media about other incidents involving law enforcement shootings.”
2016 was an especially deadly year for police officers, where 64 were killed while on duty. This is a massive 56% increase from 2015. 21 of last year’s attacks were ambush-style ones, which according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is the “the highest total in more than two decades.”
The report also provides a terrifying account of an officer who was beaten to the ground and refused to shoot the assailant “for 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,” according to the report.
The de-policing is linked to decriminalization of drugs, which has inspired more violent attacks on law enforcement.
Author’s note: The Black Lives Matter movement has become especially violent and I have no respect for social movements where violence is encouraged. Former president Obama only perpetuated the problem by consistently siding with the movement, instead of being on the side of law enforcement. The de-policing is partly attributed to Obama’s race baiting policies. Police officers can’t possibly protect others, which is their job, when they are fearing for their lives on a regular basis. Finally, we have a president who has sworn his allegiance to law enforcement, so hopefully these tensions will dwindle.