Police deaths nearly doubled in 2014

Nearly every officer was killed with a firearm

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The number of police officers killed in the line of duty nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014.

That’s according to a new report released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and also comes after two police officers were killed in Mississippi over the weekend.

51 members of law enforcement were killed in 2014, compared to 27 in 2013.

A dramatic increase that some people say does not surprise them. William O’Connor from Maine said, “Because of the unrest in the country, the country’s just being torn apart. Nobody seems to be happy.”

On average, 64 police officers are killed every year.

Out of the 51 deaths in 2014, nearly every officer was killed with a firearm.

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