FBI: Media, Black Lives Matter Behind Spike in Anti-Cop Violence
A leaked internal FBI document reveals the agency believes the mainstream media and the Black Lives Matter movement are responsible for a recent spike in attacks on police officers.
The harrowing report, originally obtained by the Washington Examiner, also came to the conclusion that a heightened level of anti-police sentiment may be the new status quo.
“Law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm,” reads the report.
The document revealed that many assailants see violence against police as a sort of justified revenge.
“The assailants inspired by social and/or political reasons believed that attacking police officers was their way to ‘get justice’ for those who had been, in their view, unjustly killed by law enforcement,” the report states.
The bombshell report also cites two brutal cop-killings in which “the assailants said they were influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the Examiner reported.
But the report also makes it clear that one cannot lay blame entirely at the feet of Black Lives Matter activists for the rise in hostility and violence toward law enforcement.
Biased, politically motivated reporting by the mainstream media — which sought to bolster the progressive narrative of a systemically racist America and garner sympathy for the Obama administration’s war on police — is also responsible for the current anti-police milieu, according to the report.
A December report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) found that 64 officers were shot to death in 2016 compared to 41 in 2015, a 56 percent increase. The NLEOMF report found that 21 of those killings occurred in ambush-style shootings. The FBI report examined 50 of those killings and found that in 14 of them the suspect’s sole motive was the desire to kill police officers.
“Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders publicly stood against them, but also that the politicians’ words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the Brown shooting,” states the FBI report.