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. 

 

Watch FBI Director Christopher Wray’s full interview on “60 Minutes” here

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