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WAR ON COPS
15 law enforcement officers have been killed this year--Last year at this time there were also 15 officers killed. But this year there is an 83% increase of officers killed by Gunfire (SOURCE: THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORECEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND)
Preliminary 2011 Fatality Statistics
|Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities
Preliminary 2011 Numbers
January 27, 2011
Note: All data are preliminary and are subject to change.
2010 vs. 2009—officer fatalities were up 40%
* According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s preliminary 2010 End of Year Officer Fatality Report, officer fatalities reached 162, up nearly 40% from 117 in 2009. Of the 162 officers killed in the line of duty, 61 were shot — a 24% increase from 2009.
Cop killings versus other years
*If cop's killed by gunfire remained at the same pace (11/month) there would be 132 cops killed by firearms this year (116% increased over 2010)
*The 132-cop pace would be a 169% increase over cops killed by firearms in 2009
*Note - 2 officers were also beaten to death in 2010 (none this year or in 2009 and only 10 have suffered beating deaths since 2000)
(Source: Law Enforcement Fatalities Spike Dangerously in 2010, <http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2010_Law_Enforcement_Fatalities_Report.pdf>)
2000 through 2009 (Law enforcement killed by firearms)
*565 total deaths between 2000 and 2009
*The 132 pace we're on for 2011 would account for 23.4% of that 10 year total!
(Source: Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths, <http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/causes.html>)
* WAR ON COPS
‘It’s not a fluke. There’s a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on,’ said Richard Roberts, spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations. ‘We don’t have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority,’ he told MSNBC. ‘That’s not normal,’ added Steven Groeninger, of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. ‘It kind of seems like law enforcement, because of their uniforms, have a target on their back.’
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO VIOLENCE
In recent years, police officials, including former Miami police chief John Timoney, have identified several factors contributing to the violence. Among them:
- More desperate offenders who are increasingly willing to target police.
- Officers' inconsistent use of body armor. Some, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, have suggested that up to half of all police do not wear armor regularly.
- Offenders' access to high-caliber weapons.
11 officers were shot in 5 states in 24 hours
January 25, 2011
- The slayings of two St. Petersburg police officers serving a warrant Monday capped a violent 24 hours in which 11 police officers were shot in five states
- "I don't know if it's a trend yet," said Steven Groeninger, spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks police deaths. "It does seem to be a continuation of what we saw in 2010."
- Reasons for the spike in law enforcement deaths are difficult to identify, he said. "There seems to be a more brazen criminal out there," Groeninger said. "Law enforcement officers, because of the uniforms they wear, have become targets. There is a criminal element that is completely intent on killing a cop just so they can say, 'I killed a cop.' "
- Another reason may be the sweeping budget cuts that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have shouldered over the past few years, he said.
great quote in this piece:
Jon Shane an assistant professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College:
Now the International Union of Police Associations was quoted by MSNBC.com as saying this is not a fluke, that there's a perception among officers in the field that there's a war on cops going on. Do you see it that way?
Prof. SHANE: Well, there's certainly something to be said for that. I think it follows some bit of a larger trend in the United States, that there's this overriding sense of entitlement and don't tread on me. And law enforcement stands between the law-abiding people and this chaos that's going to erupt, that these would-be criminals would have if they get their way. And it's, well, police work is intrinsically dangerous, and just kind of highlights the larger social movement that's afoot.
Police Officer Christopher Matlosz 1/14/2011 (27), shot to death ‘execution style’ while on duty(Lakewood, NJ) (he was a son, brother, and loving fiancée)
- Authorities say that the 27 year old Matlosz drove up to Jahmell W. Crockam as Crockam was walking and began speaking with him in a nonconfrontational manner when the suspect suddenly stepped back, pulled out a handgun and shot the officer 3 times.
- Engaged to Kelly Walsifer, fiancé was at hospital, gave tearful eulogy at his funeral mass on Jan 20—they were supposed to be married in June 2012
- Inside the Mass booklet was a photo of Matlosz and Walsifer (his fiancé) adorns the final page which reads: “Chris was a devoted son, brother, and soul mate to finacee Kelly and a proud member of the Lakewood police Department. He was a man who enjoyed life and had the gift of laughter to share with fellow officers and friends.”
- Matlosz was hired as an Englishtown Police Officer in 2004
- Matlosz was lauded for his role in a multi-agency drug raid at a Manalapan home in 2005
- Matlosz had been a Lakewood Township Officer for six years
- Matlosz's grandfather was a fire chief
- His accused killer, Jahmell W. Crockam (19) was arrested in Camden and charged with Matlosz’s murder Jan. 16, about 38 hours after Matlosz was killed. Crockam was also charged by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office last week in the Oct. 15 murder of of 20-year-old Justin Williams, also known as “Prodigy.” Crockam remains in Ocean County Jail, Toms River, on $7,165,000 million bail.
- Matlosz was buried Jan. 20 during a funeral that brought thousands of police officers and law enforcement personnel to Ocean County.
- NJ Governor Chris Christie also spoke at his funeral
ELEMENTS: SOT- :26 fiancé delivering eulogy
“his big smile, contagious laugh, his hilarious jokes. Made him the perfect best friend and soul mate I could ever have. I question god everyday why he would take chris away from me. but I know that he is still giving me the same strength courage and bravery he had serving as a police officer”
Police Chief Ralph Painter (55), Rainier Oregon 1/5/11:
Summary: Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed after responding to a local car stereo shop in which a man was attempting to take a car that did not belong to him. When Chief Painter made contact with the man a struggle ensued. The subject was able to disarm and fatally shoot him. The man then exchanged shots with responding officers before being wounded and taken into custody. He was charged with aggravated murder.
* Chief Painter is survived by his wife and seven children
* Chief Painter was a marathon runner and musician
* Painter was a 25-year veteran of the Rainier Police Department
* Painter led the force for five years
* Painter was an avid hunter and fisherman
* Painter graduated from high school in 1974 and married his high school sweetheart. That marriage didn't last and he married twice more
* Painter had five children, two stepchildren (who he helped raise)
* His children range in age from 7 to 33, and he has 12 grandchildren
* Painter also played a larger role in the community, serving on the Rainier City Council.
[Source: The Oregonian - Slain Rainier police chief Ralph Painter: 'He always cared about people' - 1/8/11 -
INTERNET KILL BILL
- April 1, 2009: first introduced in Senate
- August 2009: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (WV-D) and Sen. Olympia Snow (R-revised version in Senate.
The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat.
- June 2010: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) & Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA.
The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government's designation of vital Internet or other computer systems "shall not be subject to judicial review." Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include "provider of information technology," and a third authorized the submission of "classified" reports on security vulnerabilities. http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20029282-281.html#ixzz1CFVPLSIU <http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20029282-281.html>
- Dec. 15, 2010: Senate approved modified version of Lieberman/Collins bill
- Jan. 24, 2011: reports that internet kill bill will return
Internet companies should not be alarmed by the legislation, first introduced last summer <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20007418-38.html> by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a Senate aide said last week. Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee <http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/> .
"We're not trying to mandate any requirements for the entire Internet, the entire Internet backbone," said Brandon Milhorn, Republican staff director and counsel for the committee
- June 17, 2009: The Obama administration <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/obama-administration> , while insisting it is not meddling in Iran <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran> , yesterday confirmed it had asked Twitter to remain open to help anti-government protesters.
- Dec. 5, 2009: Two days ahead of a new round of planned protests against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Internet access in the nation's capital is largely down , the news agency reports. Telecommunications ministry officials were unavailable for comment. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10410035-93.html#ixzz1CFZxubBu <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10410035-93.html>
- Feb. 2010: Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google <http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=GOOG> Inc.'s email services, saying instead that a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out
- Jan 26, 2010: In a brief message earlier this week, Twitter announced <http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9206459/Twitter_blocked_in_Egypt_after_political_unrest> that Egypt had blocked access to its site from inside the country soon after the start of large scale protests against President Hosni Mubarak.
- Swedish video streaming service Bambuser, said that its service too had been similarly blocked <http://blog.bambuser.com/> inside Egypt in what it claimed was an attempt by the government to control the news agenda in the face of mass demonstrations.
RIOTING/ ANTI-POLICE VIOLENCE
Egypt, beginning Jan. 25, 2011:
- The demonstrators want Mubarak to stand down as president and want the government to provide some solution to the country's economic problems, including serious poverty, rising prices and high unemployment.
- Police have rounded up 860 protesters. Again they used tear gas and beatings on the demonstrators. Facebook, Twitter and mobile phones have been sporadically blocked.
- European leaders have criticised Egypt, but Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, did not condemn the Cairo government, a key US ally in the Middle East.
England, Dec. 9, 2010
- Demonstrators were protesting fees rising to an upper limit of £9,000 per year - with requirements for universities to protect access for poorer students if they charge more than £6,000 per year
- Police say 12 officers and 43 protesters have been injured, while 34 arrests were made.
- There were angry clashes as protesters - some throwing missiles - fought to break through police lines. Riot police had to force back protesters who were smashing windows of the Treasury and the Supreme Court.
- The Metropolitan Police said there were attacks using "flares, sticks, snooker balls and paint balls".
- A car containing Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall has been attacked amid violence after MPs voted to raise university tuition fees in England.
Canada, June 27, 2010
- More than 400 people were arrested as violence broke out after thousands of anti-G20 protesters marched through downtown Toronto on Saturday, prompting police to use tear gas in the city for the first time.
- Four police vehicles were set ablaze, store and bank windows were smashed and much of the area was put under security lockdowns. The Integrated Security Unit said 412 people were arrested.
- Blair said that throughout the day some of his officers were pelted with rocks, bricks and bottles, spat upon and assaulted, but none suffered major injuries
- http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/26/g20-saturday-protests.html#ixzz1CFwk69Wb <http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/26/g20-saturday-protests.html>
Greece, May 5, 2010:
- At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital as protesters set fire to a bank during a general strike over planned austerity measures.
- The protest became violent, with petrol bombs thrown at police, who responded with pepper spray and tear gas.
- As the demonstration gained momentum, a group of protesters rushed up a flight of steps at the parliament building in Syntagma Square, taunting MPs to come out and calling them "thieves".
Seattle, April 9, 2010
- March Against Police Brutality: At about 1:00 p.m. an unknown person in the crowd threw a light bulb filled with red paint at a mounted patrol officer. It struck the officer on the back of his helmet. The bulb broke when it hit the ground. Neither the officer nor the horse was injured
- A group of suspects then began to roll nearby dumpsters towards a police line. Officers quickly arrested two adult males and one adult female (all three in their early twenties) that were involved in this activity.
Seattle, December 1999
- With downtown Seattle under a 7 p.m.-to-dawn curfew for the second night, confrontations between police and protesters continued in other parts of the city.
- A handful of residents shouted insults at the police and threw fireworks at them about 10 p.m. Police responded by spraying residents with pepper spray and tear gas -- without warning. They chased some down side streets, where more officers were waiting
Seattle, G20 Protests, April 1999
- In 1999, 50,000 protesters shut down World Trade Organization sessions in Seattle as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets.
- There were some 600 arrests and $3 million in property damage.
1960s-70s ANTI-COP RHETORIC
Huey Newton - Black Panther Party, 1967
- "Every time you go execute a white racist Gestapo cop, you are defending yourself," Newton told the Times Magazine in 1967.
Bernardine Dohrn, Weather Underground, 1969
- In 1969, after the Manson family murders in Beverly Hills, Ms. Dohrn told an S.D.S. audience: ''Dig it! Manson killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they shoved a fork into a victim's stomach.''
- In Chicago recently, Ms. Dohrn said of her remarks: ''It was a joke. We were mocking violence in America. Even in my most inflamed moment I never supported a racist mass murderer.''
Various Weather Underground Members
- Timothy Dean, Weather Underground Member…he gave a review of the Weatherman “Days of Rage” in Chicago, stating that the overall accomplishments were successful, doing close to $500,000 worth of physical damage and put about 50 pigs in the hospital, one seriously…
- “The pigs in this country are our enemies…The pigs try to look invulnerable, but we keep finding their weaknesses.”
The Weather Underground, Report of the committee on the judiciary of the Senate, 94th Congress, Jan 1975, http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015003603597 <http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015003603597>
Testimony of Frank Benson Jones before Congress, 1970
- The only good pig is a dead pig - Black Panther Party cartoon
- Mr. ASHBROOK. Is that really the case? I have in front of me a cartoon which shows, as you pointed out, a police officer depicted as a pig, and I suppose what they refer to as one of the brothers stabbing him in the back with all kinds of blood oozing out. And it says underneath it, “The only good pig, is a dead pig.” There isn’t any real way you could construe that into being a satire or being a commentary. That is about as definite as one could be. “The only good pig, is a dead pig,” and here it is in the so-called Black Panther Coloring Book. How could that be construed to be satire in the context of what you have just said, that it is all in the mind of a person…
Mr. ASHBROOK. That is not what it says. It says the only good pig is a dead pig.
Mr. JONES. That is right, because a pig would be the pig who was most criminal, you see what I mean? Either the pig who is going to come in and brutalize people—
Federal authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree militia group upon learning they were planning an exercise in April that might have included violence, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
The militia members' ultimate plan, she said, was to call 911 reporting a fake emergency and then to kill the police officer who responded. They then planned to kill more police by attacking the funeral procession using improvised explosive devices, she said.
More than 150 demonstrators marched from 14th Street and Broadway to the Oakland Federal Building to demand that the Justice Department re-open its corruption investigation of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death row inmate convicted for the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer, said the protest was called after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected claims that Abu-Jamal, a former radio journalist and Black Panther, did not receive a fair trial.
"We knew there was another event going on, but the timing of the court decision is what dictated when the protest was held," said Van Jones, a San Francisco civil rights lawyer who helped coordinate the protest march