FBI director says violence against LEOs ‘doesn’t get enough attention’
FBI Director Christopher Wray made the comments during an interview on “60 Minutes”
By Suzie Ziegler
WASHINGTON — In a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray discussed the uptick in violence against police officers.
“Violence against law enforcement in this country is one of the biggest phenomena that I think doesn’t get enough attention,” Wray said in the CBS interview. Wray also added that in 2021, “officers were being killed at a rate of almost one every five days.”
According to Wray, 73 officers were murdered in 2021 – a 59% increase from the previous year. Wray said many of the slain officers were ambushed or killed while on patrol.
“Wearing the badge shouldn’t make you a target,” Wray said.
Wray says the uptick in police murders can in part be attributed to a 29% spike in murders nationally.
“Certainly, the pandemic didn’t help,” Wray said in the interview.
FBI Director Christopher Wray says a combination of factors, including the pandemic and gun trafficking, have contributed to a rise in violent crime in the U.S.— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) April 25, 2022
He also told @60Minutes that violence against law enforcement "doesn't get enough attention." pic.twitter.com/dzIVSg99ta
Watch FBI Director Christopher Wray’s full interview on “60 Minutes” here.