While in Pittsburgh earlier this week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stated that “More cops have died from covid this year than have been killed on patrol.” Based on recent “data compiled by the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, two nonprofits that have tracked law enforcement fatalities for decades,” VP Biden’s comments were very true.
Data shows that 100 police officers have died from COVID-19 this year surpassing gun violence, car accidents and all other causes combined, according to the Officer Down group. Deaths from the Coronavirus also conflicts with Trump’s claim that “law enforcement has become the target of a dangerous assault by the radical left.” No, the Trumpvirus has targeted our law enforcement officers, not the ‘radical left.’
In recent weeks, law enforcement has become the target of a dangerous assault by the radical left. The leftwing extremists have spread mayhem throughout the streets of different cities, in particular, Portland. If you look, Portland is one. Seattle, really, would be another.-The Liar in Chief
Both organizations only count covid deaths “if it is determined that the officer died as a result of exposure to the virus while performing official duties,” as the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund put it. “Substantive evidence will be required to show the death was more than likely due to the direct and proximate result of a duty-related incident.”
In addition to the 100 confirmed coronavirus fatalities listed on the Officer Down website, the nonprofit said it is in the process of verifying an additional 150 officer deaths due to covid-19 and presumed to have been contracted in the line of duty, said Chris Cosgriff, executive director of ODMP, in an email.
“By the end of this pandemic, it is very likely that COVID will surpass 9/11 as the single largest incident cause of death for law enforcement officers,” he wrote. Seventy-one officers were killed in the attacks on the twin towers, one officer was killed on United Flight 93, and more than 300 have passed away since then as a result of cancer contracted in the wake of the attacks, according to ODMP.