Police data recently released indicates there were record number of assaults on Michigan cops in 2022 and arrests sharply declined.

The Detroit News reports, “There were 1,751 officers assaulted in Michigan in 2022, the highest number in the Michigan State Police online database that goes back to 1997. Arrests for obstructing police in Michigan were also at an all-time high in 2022, the latest year for which figures are available.”

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That’s a 60% increase from 2019.

2023 statistics will not be released until later this fall. The paper reported early indications are that “the assaults and attempts to obstruct arrests have not abated.”

The 2022 behavior came after far-left politicians like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer validated the gripes of anti-police agitators like those found in the “Defund the Police” movement.

During a June 2020 Q & A with The Root, Whitmer said she supported “the spirit” of the anti-police group.

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“The spirit as you just articulated is really just about reprioritizing and rebuilding communities, not just policing,” Whitmer said.

Whitmer claimed government spending should focus on schools, health care, and mental health, and essentially diverted away from law enforcement.

“If you do all those other things, you don’t need all the money going to the police departments,” Whitmer said. “So yeah, the spirit of it, I do support that spirit.”

She later told the Detroit Free Press, “I don’t believe police should be defunded.”

But Whitmer further validated the anti-police agitators when she knelt during George Floyd protests as a symbolic gesture of submitting to Black Lives Matter, the far-left group pushing to limit police funding.

“Since the George Floyd death, we’ve had a lot of people pushing an anti-law enforcement narrative,” Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Michael Shaw told the Detroit News. “That has an impact. So when we stop someone for a simple traffic stop now, we’re getting a lot of pushback and resistance, unlike anything I’ve seen before.”

The Michigan State Police reported the agency “had 165 troopers assaulted in 2022, a 74% jump from the 95 assaults in 2019,” the paper said.