Nearly 60,000 officers across the United States were assaulted in the line of duty in 2016, according to FBI statistics released Monday.
The FBI released its annual report on law enforcement officers killed or assaulted and showed that 118 officers died or were killed and 57,180 were assaulted in 2016, roughly 0ne in 10. The report shows a shocking spike in assaults since 2015, when only 50,000 officers were assaulted and only 86 were killed.
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The report comes just weeks after the FBI reported that national violent crime had risen for a second consecutive year.
Of the 118 deaths, 66 officers were killed by criminals and the remaining 52 died in accidents. Of those killed by criminals, the largest number (17) were victims of ambush attacks, while 13 were killed responding to emergency calls.
Of the 57,180 assaults, only 28 percent resulted in injuries, and 78 percent of assailants only punched or kicked officers and did not use weapons. Firearms and knives were only used in six percent of assaults, with improvised weapons making up the remaining 16 percent.
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“For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in response to continued rise in crime.
“The Department of Justice is committed to working with our state, local, and tribal partners across the country to deter violent crime, dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence.”
A version of this story appeared previously on The Daily Caller News Foundation‘s website
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