Violence against police officers is becoming epidemic. In Tennessee, Lakeem Scott shot four people, including a police officer, because he was “troubled by recent events involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.”
In Georgia, earlier today, “a phony 911 caller ambushed a patrolman when he responded to the suspect’s request for help.” The Georgia Bureau of Investigation “said a motive for the shooting is not yet clear, but did mention the similarity between the crime and the shootings in Dallas.”
This morning in suburban St. Louis, “a motorist shot an officer three times as the officer walked back to his car during a traffic stop.” The officer is in critical but stable condition.
So far in 2016, 34 police officers have been murdered in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, most by gunfire and others by vehicular assault. Many more have been wounded.