UPDATED 9:50 AM PT — Saturday, June 6, 2020
Police across the country were targeted in attacks this week as protesters continue to demand justice for George Floyd. As of Friday, more than 20 police officers have been shot, while hundreds more have been injured by projectiles, like Molotov cocktails and bricks.
The disdain for law enforcement in the U.S. has grown in recent weeks and continues to mount. The National Guard and militarized police forces have been ordered to more than 30 states in an effort to control crowds and stop the looting.
Police chiefs and superintendents nationwide have spoken out against the violence towards officials.
“We have to protect this city, there should be decency and order,” stated New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. “There should be law and order for civility in this city.”
Earlier this week, a retired police chief was shot and killed for protecting a pawn shop from looters in St. Louis, Missouri. This incident was one of many for local business owners, whose businesses have suffered at the hands of looters.
Meanwhile, governors and mayors have voiced their solidarity with the police in major cities, who have seen mass destruction.
“Here were two of our officers, simply trying to protect a community, and they came under unprovoked attack. That is absolutely unacceptable. An attack on any one of our officers is an attack on all of us.”
– Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
With curfews in place in more than 200 cities across the U.S., angry Americans have been pushing the legal limits with law enforcement and have caused waves for how officers do their jobs.
This week, 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team resigned from the task force in solidarity with their colleagues, who were recently suspended for pushing an elderly man to the floor.
A video of the incident had gone viral on social media, prompting public outcry over the disturbing footage.
#BREAKING: 2 Buffalo police officers (Aaron Torgalski & Robert McCabe) have been arrested & charged w/ assault in the second-degree after shoving 75-year-old protester in graphic video https://t.co/4BA3TXrwSN
— Bobby Dupree (@bobbydupree) June 6, 2020
With hundreds of attacks on law enforcement, more restrictions on police practices and officers abandoning their posts, Americans have been taking matters into their own hands. A number have also exercised their Second Amendment right to bare arms, which has caused a surge in gun sales as rioting continues.