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Obama Didn’t Scrap Officers’ Memorial Day

Q: Did President Trump reinstate National Peace Officers Memorial Day?

A: No. That claim was made in a fake news story that also falsely said the annual memorial for fallen officers was canceled by former President Obama.

Police Shootings Not at a Record Level

Donald Trump wrongly said that “they’re shooting our police at record levels.” The record for police firearm deaths, and deaths of officers overall, in recent decades was set in the 1970s.

Killed in the Line of Duty

Donald Trump says there has been “a substantial rise in the number of officers killed in the line of duty — a very big rise.” There has been an increase in firearms-related deaths in the last six months compared to a year ago. But the number of police fatalities has substantially declined in recent years.