Accuracy in Media

ABC News published an article about how police officers are increasingly in more danger than previous years, without pushing a further narrative.

In the article, the network interviewed a family of a slain police officer in California, Gil Vega, who was two months away from retirement. Vega and his partner, Lesley Zerebny, responded to a domestic violence call and were killed in the line of duty. Zerebny had barely returned to duty after giving birth four months earlier.

They were two of the twenty on-duty officers shot and killed this year, or in other words, in three months. ABC News then reported:

In 2017, 46 on-duty officers were killed by guns, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The year before, it was 67, and in 2015, it was 43.

If this year’s pattern continues at its current rate, 2018 could see 80 on-duty police deaths from gun violence.

The article quotes several sources, a former FBI agent and the former police chief in Dallas, Texas, and goes through statistics that shows the increased risks police officers face today.

Various reasons that led to police officer deaths were discussed, such as worsening mental health issues, access to firearms (though illegal possession was not discussed), and increasing distrust in police officers due to the Ferguson, Mo., controversy.

Also, among police departments, there is a declining number of applications, where it has gone down about 40 applicants per position (from around 100 to the 60s, per one example in the article).

In the end, the article is a fair one, outlining the risks and dangers facing police officers around the country without pushing a specific liberal narrative.

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