By Shaun King
This isn’t an opinion piece. Strictly facts.
Scott Walker is lying when he says President Obama is responsible for a “disturbing trend of police officers being murdered on the job.”
Ted Cruz doubled down and told the same lie.
Beyond the reality that President Obama and his administration work closely with police officers and police departments every single day for his own security, the fact is that fewer police officers have been killed during the 6+ years of his presidency than during the first 6 years of any modern presidency.
The only trend that exists is a downward one. Police officers are safer during the Obama administration than they were during the Bush, Clinton, or Reagan administrations and every single fact and figure proves this.
Not only that, but according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, in the six years President Obama has been in office, 807 officers have lost their lives- fewer officers than both Reagan or Bush. By the six-year mark in President “Tough On Crime” Reagan that Republicans idolize so much, 1,129 police officers were killed in the line of duty. President Bush’s numbers weren’t much better, by the six-year mark in his presidency 1,034 law enforcement officers had their lives cut short.
If you just look at fatal shootings of police officers up to September of the 7th year during each of those administrations, the numbers are just as clear.
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