17 Law Enforcement Officers Killed In Ambushes Last Year

In 2016, criminal activity killed 66 law enforcement officers and another 52 lost their lives as a result of on-duty accidents, according to FBI data.

CNS News reports:

118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year in the United States, the FBI reported on Monday.

That was up 37 percent from the 86 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2015.

In 2016, 66 of the 118 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 52 were accidental. In 2015, 41 of the 86 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 45 were accidental.

The FBI data on the circumstances of the slain officers shows a big jump in ambushes.

For example, in 2016, 17 law enforcement officers died as a result of an ambush compared to 7 in each of the two previous years.

A number of the law enforcement officers killed in ambushes was tied to Black Lives Matter.

In Texas, for instance, five members of the Dallas police department were killed by a gunman supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

From the FBI report:

Five law enforcement officers were killed and 11 were injured in an ambush (entrapment and premeditation) shortly before 9 p.m. on July 7 in Dallas.

The New York Times reported on the killer’s motivation:

During the standoff, Mr. Johnson, who was black, told police negotiators that “he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Chief Brown said. “He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”