Police Association Releases Number of Officers Injured During Violent Riots
A professional association of police chiefs and sheriffs from across the country announced more than 2,000 law enforcement officers were injured in the first weeks of protests that erupted over the summer.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association revealed compiled data from protests between May 25 and July 31 in the association’s member cities.
“In most cases, the criminal acts were the work of individuals or small groups that infiltrated larger demonstrations,” according to the report.
“In total, more than 624 arsons were reported and 97 police vehicles were burned, the report states. Video of some of the protests posted to social media showed officers pelted with bricks, water bottles, fireworks and other objects, including Molotov cocktails,” according to Fox News.
The report revealed law enforcement officers were attacked with weapons and tactics that had rarely been seen before, such as the use of lasers to target the eyes of officers, which 41% of agencies reported.
“One agency reported dumpsters, trash cans, trees, furniture and vehicles being set on fire,” the report said. “In many cities, city hall, as well as other iconic public buildings and federal courthouses were targets of arson.”
“Over the 10 weeks cited by the report, more than 16,200 people were arrested for protest-related crimes. More than half of the law enforcement agencies said local district attorneys declined to prosecute those cases.
“In some instances, prosecutors refused to charge those arrested for felony crimes committed during the protests despite the availability of video evidence and suspect confessions,” the report said.