Holder announces safety initiative after rise in officer dea

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Witch Doctor 01, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

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    Washington (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder announced a Law Enforcement Safety Initiative Tuesday, calling the number of law enforcement officers killed in the United States so far this year "simply unacceptable."
    Holder's comments came as he met with a group of police chiefs and the heads of several federal law enforcement agencies to talk about the problem. He said the initiative will involve all U.S. attorneys around the country meeting with their local police and others to discuss the issue and to try to find solutions.
    According to data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 49 officers have been killed so far this year, compared to 41 for the same period last year, an increase of 20%. Holder said 23 of those officers lost their lives due to gunshot wounds, including five who worked in federal law enforcement.
    The attorney general said after a two-year decline, officer deaths "spiked by nearly 40 percent" with the loss of 162 officers in 2010. In 2009, 117 officers were killed.
    Holder did not offer a theory on why police and other law enforcement officers are encountering so much violence now.
    When asked if the Obama administration would call for new legislation -- possibly including a ban on extended ammunition clips like those allegedly used by Jared Loughner in the January shootings in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- Holder said nothing is "off the table," but he said he wants to look at how existing laws are carried out first.
    The Justice Department already has some programs in place to combat violence against police officers, Holder said, including a program in which the federal government provides bulletproof vests to officers around the country. Last October, the Justice Department also started the VALOR program, which provides training on how to "anticipate and survive violent encounters."
    Among those who met with Holder Tuesday to discuss violence against officers were New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey and Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee. Federal law enforcement leaders included FBI Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton, Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart and acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Ken Melson.

    Guess this means legal gun users will take a nother hit...
  2. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    All the usual suspects attended. Give them vests, and that's enough. Sometimes the establishment of a police state has unintended consequences, it bring out the crazies, and harms the legitimate gun owners rights at the same time, but that what they want to feed their agendas.
  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Best things to do.......

    1. ENFORCE the existing laws.

    2. KEEP the perps in prison, instead of putting them back onto the streets.

    3. TEACH the young that violence and crime DO have serious consequences.

    Banning magazines will do nothing but give the antis a warm tingling feeling up their legs.......
  4. franks71vw

    franks71vw Monkey+++

    Start hanging again and i bet that will start to control them... If not use prison worker for free labor.....
  5. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    All of these are excellent points. Why not put them together and write your representatives?
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