In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," the Republican presidential candidate said Obama hasn't offered enough support for police who are "overwhelmingly doing the right thing every day." "He's praised them, but he's not speaking out about the fact that this rhetoric out there," Walker said. "And when you've got people say, we have people say 'pigs in a blanket' at a rally, 'fry 'em up like bacon,'" he said. "That's the kind of thing you need to speak out about. You need to say that is wrong."
So far, 2015 is on pace to see 35 felonious killings of police officers. If that pace holds, this year would end with the second lowest number of murdered cops in decades. [...] But these are just the raw numbers. If we look at the rate of killings of cops, the trend is more pronounced. There are two ways examine the rate of police killings. The first is to look at the rate of killings of cops per 100K cops on the street. This figure is somewhat difficult to calculate because there are widely varying estimates of how many cops are on the street. It depends on how you define “police officer,” who is doing the estimating, and various other factors. But if you use consistent sources, the number of police has generally gone up, while the number of officers killed has generally gone down. The other way you could measure the rate of killings of police officers is to look at the number with respect to the overall population.... [B]y this measure 2015 is shaping up to be the second safest year for police ever, after 2013.