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Ferguson Ambush Part of Disturbing Trend

March 12, 2015  | 

Two police officers shot and wounded while standing guard outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police department early Thursday were deliberately targeted in what a police official called an "ambush."

Such ambush-style attacks were the leading method in the surging number of shooting deaths of law enforcement officers, according to the nonprofit, Washington-based National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

The shootings were a chilling low point in the nonstop protests in the city since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

The number of law enforcement officers shot to death in the line of duty rose more than 50% in 2014, NLEOMF said in a December report.

Fifty officers were killed by firearms -- 15 in ambush attacks -- in 2014, compared with 10 ambushes among 32 shooting deaths the year before.

"With the increasing number of ambush-style attacks against our officers, I am deeply concerned that a growing anti-government sentiment in America is influencing weak-minded individuals to launch violent assaults against the men and women working to enforce our laws and keep our nation safe," Craig W. Floyd, chairman and CEO of NLEOMF, told CNN.

"Enough is enough," Floyd said. "We need to tone down the rhetoric and rally in support of law enforcement and against lawlessness."

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EODK9Trainer @ 3/13/2015 1:56 PM

I am so glad I retired when I did. I don't think I could work in today's environment. I realize the injured officers did not work for Ferguson but I'd like to see every officer in town resign. I realize the other surrounding agencies will just fill in but still.

Sam Dixon @ 3/13/2015 2:37 PM

The terrorists have used bait-and-ambush tactics all over the world for years. A fascinating historical fact is that Nelson Mandela went to prison for organizing the ambush murder of a black South African police officer. At the time, his organization was using bait-and-ambush tactics frequently. Mandela and his group also believed in "necklacing" political opponents. Necklacing means burning the victim alive by putting a gasoline-soaked tire around the victim's neck, and setting it afire.

At the rate we're going things are headed toward the situation in Muslim areas of France, where the police don't venture except in squad strength.

walter burton @ 3/15/2015 5:46 PM

first id like to thank all law enforcement officers for risking it all for our safety. as a citizen who lives in a inner city, norfolk va. ive seen a steady decline in society, when it comes to violence. our current leadership ie mr holder and mr obama seem to be adding fuel to the fire rather than working to support our police. the media makes a living out of the race card. ive grown up in a non segragated world and quite frankly dont see all this racial disharmony that they preach. the average american just doesnt fit their agends. al sharpton probably see me as a whitr devil, but thats not racism?. we are all of the same race, the human race

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