As a year of tragedy ended, the Rev. Franklin Graham put out an urgent call for prayers on behalf of America’s law enforcement officers.
“2016 broke a record — but it wasn’t a good one. The number of police officers killed in the line of duty across our country rose sharply this year,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.
“… through Dec. 28, 135 officers had lost their lives serving to protect us. Tragically, 21 were killed in ambush attacks,” he wrote.
“Make a special effort to pray for all of our law enforcement — they have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in our communities,” he added.
The Associated Press reported that police deaths rose 56 percent, and that although some were due to accidents, almost half of those killed were shot.
“We’ve never seen a year in my memory when we’ve had an increase of this magnitude in officer shooting deaths,” said Craig Floyd, president and chief executive of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
— Craig Floyd (@Craig_Floyd) December 29, 2016
“These officers were killed simply because of the uniform they wear and the job they do. This is unacceptable to the humane society that we are,” he added.
Floyd said officers now patrol with fear as their partner.
“They’re always looking over their shoulder, always worrying about the next attack that could come at any time from any direction,” he said.
“Public safety is a partnership and, too often, the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement professionals is taken for granted,” added Floyd.
“We must never forget that 900,000 law enforcement officers nationwide risk their lives every day for our safety and protection. And, this year, 135 of those men and women did not make it home to their families at the end of their shift.”
President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to support local police officers.
“Law enforcement is the line separating civilization from total chaos,” Trump has said, adding that an “attack on our police is an attack on all of us.”
“To all the great men and women of law enforcement, I want you to know, we’re with you, we support you and we will stand by you,” Trump said in November after two Iowa police officers were shot. “We’re going to restore law, order and justice in America.”
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