FOP: ‘Society can’t function well if officers’ lives are treated as less meaningful’

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 14, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Several hours after an officer-involved shooting occurred in Draper, the Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement of support for law enforcement officers.

According to the statement from the FOP, Wednesday’s fatal shooting marks the fourth “attempted deadly attack against officers in the previous week.”

Those four incidents are: A fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Salt Lake City January 8; an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Syracuse January 8 where the man injured in the shooting later died; An altercation Tuesday where a robbery suspect took an officer’s gun and fired it, injuring himself; and Wednesday morning’s fatal officer involved shooting in Draper. Click on the respective links for more information.

The FOP stated: “The sobering truth is that if you attempt to inflict death or serious bodily injury on an officer, there is a high chance you will be killed. The men and women of law enforcement took an oath to defend life, including their own. Our society cannot function well if officers’ lives are treated as less meaningful than anyone else.”

See below for the complete statement from the Fraternal Order of Police.

Fraternal Order of Police Statement Regarding Assaults on Officers