Just three days after Philadelphia buried Officer Chuck Cassidy, the bullets were flying at police again when officers tried to break up a fight. The Philadelphia Inquirer says the latest shooting is an example of what experts say is an alarming reversal of a long decline in law-enforcement officers’ being targeted and killed. Not only have more police officers been shot at or threatened with guns this year, but experts say more are being targeted in a deliberate fashion, as Cassidy was – with close shots to the head. “Something has transformed the mentality of these inner-city kids that killing a police officer is just the price to be paid for doing business of dealing drugs or robbing a store,” said Hubert Williams, president of the Police Foundation in Washington.
So far this year in the U.S., 63 officers have died from gunshots, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, up 40 percent over the same time last year. “There’s really not much more we can do,” said John J. McNesby, president of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police. He said training is excellent and police are acting aggressively but responsibly. The problem, he said, is a tolerance of guns. Williams called for the federal government to step in to get more guns and violent gang members off the streets. “The federal government has been so totally focused on international terrorism, they’re not watching urban violence,” he said.