According to media, unarmed men don’t attack police officers!

The Myth of the Unarmed Man
All violent subjects are dangerous, regardless of whether they have a weapon.

by Jon Alder

(PoliceMag) –  If you don’t believe media bias plays a role in how Americans interpret use of force by law enforcement, try this simple test. Do a Google search for “police officer kills unarmed man.” I did and I got 179,000 results. Searching “Police officer shoots unarmed man” returned 205,000 results. Finally, I flipped the search around and typed, “unarmed man attacks police officer.” I got this message: “No results found.”

So does that mean no unarmed men are attacking and seriously injuring officers? Absolutely not.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) says 57,892 law enforcement officers are assaulted each year and 15,483 sustain serious injuries. The most recent FBI “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted” (LEOKA) report indicates that 80.2% of the assaults against law enforcement in 2012 were committed by unarmed subjects. The 2012 LEOKA report also reveals that unarmed subject attacks are the leading cause of injury for law enforcement officers.

The media’s total disregard for these facts in regard to the coverage of the recent Ferguson and Staten Island incidents leads me to conclude that reporters are unaware of the annual NLEOMF and LEOKA reports or read them and ignore them. One conclusion is evidence of unacceptable ignorance. The other is evidence of anti-police bias.

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