FBI: Law enforcement deaths from felonious attacks were up 61% in 2016

FBI: Law enforcement deaths from felonious attacks were up 61% in 2016
Blue Lives Matter. Trump White House lit blue for Peace Officers Memorial Day, 2017. (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – The worst year for officer deaths from felonious attacks was 2011, when there were 72.]

118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year in the United States, the FBI reported on Monday.

That was up 37 percent from the 86 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2015.

In 2016, 66 of the 118 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 52 were accidental. In 2015, 41 of the 86 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 45 were accidental.

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Another 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty in 2016, and  16,535 (or about 29 percent) sustained injuries from that assault.

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