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Report: Police Deaths in US up Slightly in 2015

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The number of law enforcement officers killed by guns dropped 14 percent this year, but all line-of-duty police deaths rose slightly. (Photo: AP) The number of law enforcement officers killed by guns dropped 14 percent this year, but all line-of-duty police deaths rose slightly. (Photo: AP)

BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- The number of law enforcement officers killed by guns dropped 14 percent this year, but all line-of-duty police deaths rose slightly.
    
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report Tuesday that 42 officers were killed this year by gunfire, compared with 49 last year.
    
The report says seven of those shooting deaths occurred during traffic stops.
    
A total of 124 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in 2015, a 4 percent increase over 2014. Fifty-two officers were killed in traffic incidents this year, compared with 49 in 2014.
    
The report comes amid a national debate about police conduct and law enforcement's treatment of black men, including 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Gray died in Baltimore in April from injuries received in the back of a police transport van.

"Each year as we issue this fatality report, we are reminded of the vital service and supreme sacrifice given by our nation’s law enforcement officers,” declared NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd. “There has been a lot of criticism and second-guessing directed at law enforcement this past year, but we must never forget that 124 officers gave up their lives for our safety and protection. Another 900,000 officers put their lives on the line every day. We owe all of those men and women a huge debt of gratitude."

Read the full report here.

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