National Police Association asks bystanders to help if they see a cop being attacked
The National Police Association is calling on bystanders to intervene and help if they see a cop being attacked, rather than filming it for ‘likes and attention’, as more than 50,000 officers have been attacked this year alone.
“More than 50,000 law enforcement officers have been attacked while on duty this year,” Mark Solan, a national law enforcement expert, said in a video. “The sheer number of these attacks were filmed and uploaded to social media to get likes and attention.”
Just this week in New York City, a police officer was attacked by a man who tried to strangle him as the two struggled on the floor at a Brooklyn Target store — while an onlooker filmed it and then posted it online.
The association now offers three ‘easy steps’ for bystanders to follow to help officers in need.
The first step is to ‘call 112 and give the agents your exact location’.
Then bystanders are ordered to offer the agent help. If accepted, bystanders must ‘do everything to help safely’. If rejected, witnesses can start filming the interaction, according to the association.
The association claimed bystanders filmed the attacks for ‘likes and attention’
The National Police Association is calling on bystanders to stop filming officers being attacked and instead intervene and help. The association has offered three “easy steps” to provide assistance offers, including calling 911 and providing assistance
The ad featured clips of several officers being thrown to the ground, including one of a New York police officer who was thrown so hard that he rolled off the subway platform onto the rails.
It also showed several bystanders cheering as they filmed multiple interactions.
Together with the tweet When airing the ad, the National Police Association shared a video from the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) that showed the incident of a police officer and a Target shopper struggling on the ground.
The National Police Association also shared a tweet from the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York showing an NYPD cop wrestling with a Target shopper
At one point, the agent appeared to have choked
Although the video has no sound, the video shows a police officer being held by a shopper in a gray shirt and at one point being suffocated.
The officer takes several attempts to get up, while many bystanders continue to walk by or even stare.
‘We have a police officer in need, [and] no one helps him. Is this the city we want? Has this become normal? It has to stop,” said NYC PBA President Patrick Lynch.
‘We need your help. We need your help on the street, [and] we need your help to force our reckless [elected] civil servants to do their job.’
The National Police Association shared clips of officers being attacked, including an NYPD officer being thrown to the ground so hard that he rolled off the subway platform and landed on the track.
Several bystanders did nothing while officers were in distress
Several clips showed bystanders ignoring or even watching the situation
The FBI reported that 59 officers have been killed while on duty since September 30 this year. An increase of 51 percent compared to last year.
Nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies reported more than 60,000 attacks in 2020.
“We are now looking at 59 officers or agents who were killed on the job this year. That’s more than 50 percent more than last year,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
“Basically, every five days — more often than every five days in this country — an officer is killed on the job. And that’s totally unacceptable, and it’s a tragedy and it needs attention.’
Nearly 3,000 officers were attacked with firearms, and 6.1 percent were injured. More than 40,000 were attacked with all fours and nearly 1,200 were attacked with knives or other cutting objects, the FBI said.
Since the start of the pandemic, police forces across the country have struggled with staff shortages. In addition to low staffing levels, cops in major cities – such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – are facing a sharp increase in violent crime.
Total crime is up 1.9 percent in New York City, with crime rates up 8.4 percent this year and traffic offenses up a staggering 141 percent in one week.
Since early 2021, Los Angeles has seen more than 10,000 burglaries and motor vehicle thefts have risen nearly 10 percent. LAPD chief Michel Moore said the increase in robberies is due to the availability of handguns.
“The number of pistols on the street today — you’d probably have to go back at least a decade or more to find this level,” Moore said.
Murder (17.3 percent) and aggravated assault (5.8 percent) also occur in Los Angeles.
Homicide is up 133 percent in the Windy City, as are criminal assault (81 percent), theft (33 percent), burglary (27 percent) and aggravated assault (5 percent).