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59% Rise In Police Officer Murders Needs More Attention, Wray Says

There was a 59 percent increase last year in the murders of police officers, with 73 officers killed, an issue that doesn't get enough attention, FBI Director Christopher Wray told "60 Minutes" while speaking on the wider issue of crime fighting and also a 29 percent rise in murder in the U.S. in 2020, with almost 5,000 more people killed than the previous year, Axios reports. Discussing possible reasons for the homicide rise, Wray said, "Certainly the pandemic didn't help. There's a variety of ways in which that contributed to it. We're seeing more and more juveniles committing violent crime, and that's certainly an issue. We're seeing a certain amount of gun trafficking, interstate gun trafficking. That's part of it. And we're seeing an alarming frequency of some of the worst of the worst getting back out on the streets."

Violence against law enforcement "is one of the biggest phenomena that I think doesn't get enough attention," he said. His comments come as firearm-related injuries surpassed motor vehicle crashes as new research shows that there were 45,222 firearm-related deaths of all types — suicide, homicide, unintentional and undetermined — in the U.S. in 2020, a new peak.


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