At a rally last night, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said police officers will no longer be shot on the job if he becomes president. Speaking to a crowd in Jacksonville, Fl., the Republican nominee said there would be “law and order” and “we’re going to respect our police, because you have to respect our police,” the Washington Post reports.
“We’re not going to shoot our police. We’re not shooting our police,” he said. “It’s never been so dangerous to be a policeman or woman. It’s never been so dangerous.” Last year 123 officers died in the line of duty, said a preliminary report last week from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Five more law enforcement officers have died this year in the line of duty than in the first half of 2015 ,when 62 died. Still, the total is markedly lower than the peak in 1974, when 280 officers died. Trump cited the ambush-style shootings in which five Dallas officers were killed last month and three in Louisiana, and promised an end to the violence. “It’s going to stop, okay? It’s going to stop,” he said. “We’re going to be law and order. It’s going to stop.”