LAPPL Statement on the Murder of two Palm Springs Police Officers and the Wounding of a Third Police Officer

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) sends its deepest sympathies to the families of the two murdered police officers in Palm Springs. No words and no ceremonies will ever replace their loss. We also send our deepest prayers for the third officer who suffered gunshot wounds in what can only be called a deliberate hunting of police officers.

This makes four police officers murdered in the United States in the last four days. Prior to today’s police officer murders, the number of officers killed with a firearm in the line of duty is up 50%.

This cop killing epidemic must be addressed by our nation’s political and civic leaders. Our nation’s law enforcement officers should not have to accept that pointing firearms at officers, that the hunting of police officers and the gunning down of police officers is the new normal in our society. The silence coming from our political, civic, and religious leaders is deafening.

We must ask, when law enforcement officers are gunned down in our neighborhood streets, where is the outrage. Four heroes died in the last four days because they responded to calls to help the citizens they serve. Where is the outrage?

About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.