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The number of deaths of police officers on duty in the United States increased by 24 percent in 2014

Number of Deaths of US Policemen on Duty Increases by 24% in 2014: Report

Baku. 30 December. REPORT.AZ/ Between January 1, 2014 and December 29, 126 federal, state and local officers died in the line of duty, compared to 102 officers last year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported.

The firearms-related death toll in 2014 leapt 56 percent against 2013 figures, with 50 officers killed this year compared to 32 last year, the report said.

Report informs citing Sputnik News,Ambushes became the leading circumstance of policemen firearms-related fatalities. Out of 50 officers shot and killed, 15 policemen were fired at ambush, according to the report.

Police have been on alert since two officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot to death in their patrol car in New York by an African-American man who was mentally ill.

The police have become the center of attention in the United States due to nationwide unrest related to several incidents of police killing unarmed African-Americans.

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