Those who are hysterical about the number of police deaths are not telling the whole truth. The current reports about a huge spike are misleading.
From 1980-2014 police deaths in the line of duty averaged 64 per year.
From 1990-2010 the average is 164 per year.
The numbers went way down in 2012. Of course you also have to watch... are they accidental deaths in the line of duty or cases of being 'feloniously' killed in the line of duty? The numbers are up this year compared to last year, but that too is a little misleading. Last year was lower than average.
As of the end of July 2016, we're at 66. Again, that's not a low number but in terms of averages, it's not even as high as it was in 2014.
Of course it's also ironic and unreported by the Right that more police officers die in the states with... yes, more guns.
The present hysteria is due to at least two factors.
One, the particularly dramatic police killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Two, backlash directed against Black Lives Matter and other movements calling attention to police killings of civilians.
And of course, it's a political season. Every news item is politicised even beyond what is normal.
By way of contrast, the Killed by Police website indicates that 2016's numbers are higher than ever, though not dramatically higher than the last couple of years. The big increase came in 2014.
Trump's statistics are misleading in general. Crime and murders are actually down compared to where they were just a generation ago.