FBI Report: 57,000 Officers Assaulted While on Duty, 66 Killed in 2016

An increase of 37% over the previous year.

The FBI has released some sobering numbers on violence experienced by law enforcement officers. In 2016, over 57,000 officers were assaulted while on duty and 118 died. That’s up 37% from 2015 when 86 officers died in the line of duty.

In total, 66 police officers were murdered last year. Here's the breakdown:

  • 17 officers were killed in ambush situations, a macabre byproduct of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • 13 officers who died had responded to disturbance calls. 
  • 9 officers died as a result of investigating suspicious persons or circumstances. 
  • 9 officers died as a result of arrest situations. 
  • 6 officers were killed as a result of tactical situations (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.). 
  • 5 officers were conducting investigative activities (surveillance, search, interview, etc.). 
  • 4 officers were fatally injured during traffic pursuits/stops. 
  • 3 officers were killed in unprovoked attacks.

The average stats for the officers killed are as follows: 40 years old, 13 years service, nearly all male and white. Only four were black and one was Asian/Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The majority of officers were wearing body armor at the time. 

The Left portrays officers as kill-happy soldiers shooting wildly in all directions. But of those officers murdered, only 14 fired their weapons and 11 attempted to fire. Three of the officers had their weapons stolen. The shooting deaths of 19 cops occurred when they were just five feet or less from the perpetrators.

The remaining 52 deaths were accidental, such as vehicle accidents and being unintentionally hit by motor vehicles.

According to the report, 57,180 officers were assaulted in 2016 and 29%, or 16,535 sustained injuries. In 2015, the number of officers assaulted was 50,212.

"All of these numbers increased from figures reported in 2015, when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty," the report noted.

All of the details can be viewed in this report at the FBI’s website.


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