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Ron Hosko, of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF), shares the organization’s mission of supporting and defending the law enforcement profession and police officers who have devoted their lives to upholding the Constitution and serving the United States and its citizens while enforcing its laws.
Last Saturday, Chicago police approached a man on the city’s south side with body cameras recording. For police in any city, the encounter was perhaps a classic attempt at a Terry street stop – one where police have reasonable suspicion of a weapon, one where police want to conduct a brief stop and defensively “pat down” a suspect.
Police Officer Christopher Morton and two other officers were dispatched to the wrong address March 6 to respond to a disturbance call in tiny Clinton, Missouri. When the three entered the home, a man inside shot them all. Morton was killed and the two other officers were wounded.
Early last week, law enforcement found itself again under violent attack, this time in a small Missouri town. After responding to a disturbance call, Clinton, Missouri Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was cut down by gunfire and lay dying in a house. Before his radio went silent, Officer Morton called that he’d been shot multiple times. Two fellow officers exchanged gunfire with the killer and tried to negotiate an end of the incident to try and extract their wounded colleague. They were too late.
On the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration and in the days leading up to his first State of the Union address, observers have rightfully pointed out the important accomplishments of his administration so far, including deregulation, tax reform and the appointment of exceptional judges . . .
As it has for the last three years, the Washington Post dedicated a team of data collectors and writers to focus on the issue of fatal shootings by police, producing a long story earlier this month headlined: “Nationwide, police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2017.” The exact number of such deaths . . .
The dawn of a new year brings with it the inevitable calculations on which cities had rising or falling homicide and violent crimes rates and claims by public officials about why. The transition also offers a chance to look ahead while adjusting practices, and possibly rhetoric, in order to set a course that . . .
According to FBI statistics, the nationwide, decades long decline in violent crime, to include homicide, reversed itself and increased since 2014. In 2015, there was an increase of almost four percent in violent crime and an 11 percent increase in homicide. In 2016, violent crime jumped another four percent . . .
While campaigning last year, then candidate Trump, often referred to the growing opioid epidemic and the need to combat violent criminals and organizations.
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump praised the virtues and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in his many campaign speeches. To beleaguered cops, the president’s inauguration signaled the welcome end of eight years of unwarranted criticism from the Obama administration.