A police officer throws an object at protestors, Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van.

Police Union Claims Rewarding Peaceful Officers Will Kill Cops

The statement was made after a new “Preservation of Life” award was introduced. which will be one of the highest given to officers, alongside the medal of valor, and is intended to reduce the number of police-involved shootings and deaths.