On Sunday two Las Vegas policemen were murdered which has raised the number of law enforcement officers killed by gunfire this year to 23, a 53% increase over the count at this time last year.
After shooting the policemen, the husband and wife killers took the officers’ weapons and reportedly covered them with a Revolutionary War – era Gadsden flag. The officers’ killers Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda had been at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during his stalemate with federal officials in April.
The Millers had an ideology that was along the lines of “militia and white supremacists” and that law enforcement was the “oppressor,” said Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill.
Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were gunned down while having lunch at a pizza buffet. They have added to a new trend that has law enforcers worried that they are becoming the targets of crime.
“We are seeing more direct violence as a result of radical groups, and that does concern us,” said Rich Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations. “There seems to be more people out there who are blatantly anti-cop, and heavy exposure through the Internet and other propaganda seems to make people with these violent views feed off each other.”