The National Fraternal Order of Police asked Monday that its 300,000 members be included under the Congress’ hate crimes statutes, which would stiffen penalties against those found to have targeted police officers based on their job.
“Enough is enough!” wrote the organization’s president Chuck Canterbury in a statement released Monday. “It’s time for Congress to do something to protect the men and women who protect us.”
“In the last few years, ambush attacks aimed to kill or injure law enforcement officers have risen dramatically,” Caterbury added. “Nineteen percent of the fatalities by firearm suffered by law enforcement in 2014 were ambush attacks.”
The request follows the recent ambush-style murder of two NYPD officers, and an uptick in officer shootings in 2014. (Officer shootings in general are at an historic low.) Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who fatally shot officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Bedstuy after posting an Instagram message referencing the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed himself immediately following the attack.
“All of these officers died because of the uniforms they were wearing,” Canterbury stated. “They were killed because their murderers had one purpose–to kill a cop. Enough is enough! We demand Congress act.”
[h/t Yahoo News]
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