If you look only at fatal shootings of police officers up to September of the seventh year during each of those administrations, the numbers are just as clear.
576 police officers were shot and killed up to this date in the Reagan administration.
528 during the Clinton administration.
405 during the Bush administration.
314 during the Obama administration.
In other words, 46 percent fewer police officers have been shot and killed in the first six-plus years of Barack Obama's presidency than were killed during Ronald Reagan's presidency in the same time frame.
There is no war on police. This entire line is a complete fabrication of the conservative imagination, designed to pit people and parties against one another.
We've come to expect conservatives to lie come election time, but this lie is particularly despicable, because it's talking about true life-or-death issues. Not only that, but this lie is now being spread by police and prosecutors and is even being taught to new recruits in police academies.
Perception is reality, but in this case, the conservative perception is a flat-out lie.
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