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A police honor guard carries an American flag during funeral services for Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson at the Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 25, 2016. (Patrick Dennis/Baton Rouge Advocate via AP, Pool)

Law enforcement shooting deaths have spiked in 2016, report finds


That's a very alarming, shocking increase in the number of officers who are being literally assassinated because of the uniform they wear.
Craig Floyd of NLEOMF

Shooting deaths of law enforcement officers have increased 78 percent since the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The total for Jan. 1 to July 20, 2016 is 32 officers killed, including 14 in "ambush" attacks. 18 officers were killed in the same time period in 2015.

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In total, 67 officers have died on duty, including victims of plane crashes or falls.

According to the report, Texas leads the nation with 14 deaths. Louisiana is second with seven, including three in the recent Baton Rouge shooting. The funeral for one of those Baton Rouge officers is shown above.

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However, the death count is still far lower than it was in the 1970s. Craig Floyd, president of NLEOMF, said 127 officers were shot and killed per year during that decade, compared to an average of 52 in recent years. 

Law enforcement shooting deaths have spiked in 2016, report finds

For more news of the day, check out our 60 Second Circa for Wednesday AM, July 27, 2016.

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