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More police officers die in Texas than anywhere else in the country

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More police officers die in Texas than anywhere else in the country

14 police officers have died in Texas this year alone, twice as many as any other state in the United States. Texas also has the most police officer deaths in the entire history of the United States. 

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial says 1,682 Texan officers have been killed.

California follows with 1,571. The lowest count is in Vermont with 23. The data goes back to 1791. 

More police officers die in Texas than anywhere else in the country

Five of the officers killed this year were shot in Dallas during a Black Lives Matters protest. The memorial website doesn't break down the cause of death by state, though the largest across the country was death by gunshot, followed by auto crashes. 

It's always been violent ...This is a place where a lot of folks give the ultimate sacrifice.
Charley Wilkison, executive director of CLEAT

Charley Wilkison, executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), says the state's size, population and history of violence are to blame. 

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A commemorative memorial in Austin is running out of space to put officers' names. CLEAT says they will either put names on the back of the memorial, or expand it to keep up with the rate of deaths. 

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