Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Dec. 10 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that he would sign an executive order calling for the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer (video below).
Trump made his comments at an event sponsored by the New England Police Benevolent Association (police union), which endorsed him, notes The Hill:
Police forces throughout the country have had a hard time. A lot of people killed, a lot of people killed violently sitting in a car waiting, sitting in a car watching, and somebody comes from behind.
And I said that one of the first things I do in terms of executive order if I win would be to sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody killing a policeman, policewoman, police officer, anybody killing a police officer: death penalty.
It’s going to happen. OK? We can’t let this go. We can’t let this go.
While Trump's speech brought applause, he didn't mention the number of Americans who have been killed by police in 2015.
According to The Counted, an online project of The Guardian, 1,063 Americans have been killed by police as of Dec. 10, 2015.
The Officer Down Memorial Page notes that 117 police officers have been killed in 2015 in the line of duty, but they were not all killed by criminals, and some of the officers counted were K9 units (dogs). The causes of death include: heart attack, automobile accident, motorcycle accident, vehicle pursuit, 9/11 related illness, struck by vehicle and gunfire.
In 2014, the website noted that 133 police officers (counting dogs) were killed, which would mean 2015 has been better than last year in terms of police fatalities.