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U.S. police officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014
U.S. police officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014

The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide jumped 31% in the first half of 2014 with California leading the nation with eight deaths, data shows. In the first half of the year, 67 officers died in the line of duty in the U.S. compared with 51 in the same period in 2013, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The number marks the first major increase in several years. For the entire year of 2013, there were 100 deaths — the lowest recorded number since World War II, according to data gathered by the memorial fund. “We had seen significant declines in officer fatalities the last two years, so the spike in deaths...

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