Even accounting for the mass murders in Dallas, US police fatalities remain at historic lows. Sixty US officers have died on duty Jan 1 to July 14, 2016. That is exactly the number who died Jan 1-July 14, 2015. Police gunshot fatalities did increase from 18 to 28 across the nation during this period, but non-gun fatalities declined by ten, too.
It’s a tough time for police this year, no doubt. Yet the data don’t show widespread threats to officer safety compared to last year. On a per-capita basis, policing remains safer in 2016 than it has been at any point over the past ninety years.