Two officers shot, one killed near Seattle as police morale plummets
Two cops were shot and one killed in a suburb of Seattle yesterday, as police stopped a car on suspicion of hit-and-run.
“Two officers are down after pursuit in Bothell,” said the Bothell Police Twitter feed. “At least one patient has been transported to area hospital, conditions are unknown. Additional updates to follow.”
It’s unclear if the officer died at the scene or at the hospital. The department has not yet released the names of the officers.
The suspect escaped the scene but was later found hiding nearby.
“Bothell Police tweeted around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday that a suspect had been taken into custody after hiding on a rooftop,” reports the Seattle Times. “They had earlier said the male suspect was at large, and asked anyone with information to call 911. During the search, [Bothell police Capt. Mike] Johnson urged the public to ‘stay home, lock your doors, and if you see something, say something.’”
Seattle has been roiled by protests about race and anarchy since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with marked hostility towards cops.
“It can’t stand in America, and this is a direct result of city leadership, elected officials failing the reasonable community of Seattle to enforce the rule of law,” Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan said last month about the hostility towards police and rising violence. “And, this just isn’t the area occupied in a six-block zone where police are still forbidden and still don’t have their East precinct. This is now impacting our entire city.”
And the state, too.
This will mark the third officer in Washington state to die in the line-of-duty in 2020. Last year, four officers died from line-of-duty causes. It’s the latest hit to morale for officers around the country who face personal danger and increasing legal danger in doing their jobs.
“You have an almost unbroken narrative from the mainstream media that proactive policing is racist,” says Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. “The sense that officers have, that law enforcement is not supported in the culture, is even greater.”
Line-of-duty deaths have come down nationwide since the peak of 38 in April. But that may be the result of police forces being disengaged with communities even as shootings soar across the country.
“What’s happening around this moment is a massive work stoppage, where the law enforcement community feels like they’re under attack, so they’re less vigilant, they’re less active, they’re only providing law enforcement services in situations where they can’t pull back,” says Kalfani Ture, a criminal justice professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
That, however, didn’t help the officers in Bothell.
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