An internal FBI investigation determined that the spike of attacks on law enforcement was motivated by politicians' criticism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and media coverage of officer-involved shootings.
According to The Washington Examiner, the report was the result of an investigation into the increase of attacks on police officers. The report showed that "revenge, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the media's assault on police shootings, and criticism from politicians" is the motivation behind many of those targeting police officers.
The report also said that police officials believe "defiance and hostility" displayed by assailants is now the new normal.
On Tuesday, as National Police Week began, two more police officers were shot, this time in Chicago, and it appears that they were targeted because they were police officers.
The four-page report said that the anti-police sentiment began after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, in what is commonly referred to as 'Ferguson.' Media opinion was heavily biased against the police in that shooting, and especially former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. A Department of Justice investigation later determined that the information spread by Black Lives Matter was false, and that the shooting was justified. A grand jury also refused to indict Officer Wilson.
The FBI report concluded that many of the police officers that were murdered in 2016 were as a result of 'Ferguson.'
The reported analyzed 50 out of 64 murders of police officers in 2016, and found that 14 "simply wanted to kill police."
In the report, it said that the attackers who were inspired by social and/or political reasons believed that attacking police officers was their way "to get justice" for those who, in their view, had been unjustly killed by police officers. In two assassinations of two police officers, the murderers said their inspiration was Black Lives Matter.
Another reason from the report for killing a police officer is a desire to remain free. In some 40% of attacks, the attackers fled from police after an incident had occurred, then turned and fired at police officers.
Another factor, as with many crimes, is that drugs were involved.
All of these factors have resulted in police officers pulling back from dangerous situations. Police officials who were interviewed said that police officers believed for the first time that some national political leaders have publicly stood against them, and that disrespect of police officers was acceptable.
All of this gave attackers more reason to "question, resist, and fight law enforcement."
In the report, the immediate and prolonged biased media coverage of incidents led to attackers being exposed to one narrative of alleged police conduct and wrongdoing. In many cases, this one narrative comes from the subject's friends and family, and witnesses, who often knew the defendant long before police came into contact with him, and often spread false information.
It's for these reasons that Dallas Police Department Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, President of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, filed a federal lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and anti-police race-baiting politicians for their roles in the violence.
Sergeant Demetrick Pennie is seeking class-action status on behalf of “police officers and other law enforcement persons of all races and ethnicities including but not limited to Jews, Christians and Caucasians,” and names more than a dozen Black Lives Matter organizations and individuals who have been inciting hatred for police.
The FBI report said that "defiance" is the new rule. Perhaps the new pro-law enforcement administration of President Trump will help. Statistics don't lie. It is more dangerous than ever before to be a police officer.