Number of police officers killed on duty increased 89 percent last year, FBI says | Fusion

Early numbers released by the FBI today show that the number of police officers killed while on duty last year jumped 89 percent compared with 2013.

Last year, 51 officers were killed in the line of duty in the U.S., compared with the 27 officers who were killed in 2013—which was the lowest number that had been recorded since 1980, when the Bureau started tracking police killings.

Between 1980–2014, there has been an average of 64 officers killed per year.

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