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FBI investigation into spike of law enforcement Attacks

5/5/2017 6:00:00 AM

Report: Cops feel betrayed by politicians, say they encourage attacks

by |  in the Washington Examiner

An internal FBI investigation into the spike of attacks on law enforcement has determined that revenge, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the media's assault on police shootings, and criticism from politicians, is the what motivates a "majority" of those targeting cops.

"Law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm," said the internal report stamped "For Official Use Only."

Just Tuesday, the start of National Police Week, two Chicago police were wounded in "targeted" shootings, the latest in the escalation of attacks on the badge.

The four-page report provided to Secrets said that an anti-police wave following the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is what drove most of those accused of killing law enforcement officers in 2016. In 53 shootings, 60 police were killed last year.

The report studied 50 of 64 killings of police in 2016 and found 14 simply wanted to kill police.

"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. In two horrific assassinations of police, the report said that "the assailants said they were influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement."

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