The number of police officers killed by gunfire on duty has doubled this year, even as President Barack Obama hinted racism on the part of state and local police officers may contribute to the deaths of African-American civilians during stressful confrontations.
So far, 32 cops and correctional officers have been killed by gunfire in 2016. The deaths include at least eight killed in military-style attacks by African-American political radicals.
That’s up from a total of 16 dead in 2015, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The site tracks police and correctional officers killed in routine crime, accidents, and in ambush-style quasi-military attacks, such as the July 7 killing of five cops in Dallas.