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This is why NFL player protests really suck

Memo to the NFL: Every cop begins every shift with a target on their back, unlike your players

(National SentinelMisplaced Activism: As if we needed more of a reason to despise NFL players who disrespect our nation’s flag and National Anthem, some just-released statistics regarding police casualties only makes the protesting sting that much more.

On Monday the FBI released figures that should make give single NFL player who thinks all cops are racist, trigger-happy bigots some pause: Last year, 118 officers died in the line of duty. Morever, an astounding 57,180 officers were assaulted while on the job.

In 2016, 66 of the 118 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 52 were accidental. In 2015, 41 of the 86 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 45 were accidental.

“All of these numbers increased from figures reported in 2015, when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty,” the FBI said.

Of the officers killed by felonious acts:

— 62 of 66 were killed by firearms;

— 51 of those killed were wearing body armor;

— Four of those killed were run over by vehicles;

— 17 were killed in ambushes, 13 were killed answering disturbance calls, and 9 were killed investigating suspicious people or circumstances.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the increased violence against police officers “unacceptable.”

“Every law enforcement officer goes to work knowing that today might be his or her last. But last year, we saw a staggering 61 percent increase in the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty because of a felony (66 killed feloniously, up from 41 in 2015), and on average, more than 150 officers were assaulted in the line of duty every single day. These numbers are as shocking as they are unacceptable,” he said.

Yeah, that’s one word for it. We can think of several others.

Meantime, NFL players who are “protesting the police” not only get the benefit of making much larger-than-average salaries, they get to do so in the safety of a stadium — where they are protected by police officers.

Nobody is perfect and not every cop is honorable. But the vast majority are, and every single one of them begins their shift with a target on their back.

We can’t say the same for NFL players.

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