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2020 was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers on record

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The reason that number is so high: Covid-19.

(CNN)2020 was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers in history, according to a group that tracks officer deaths in the line of duty.

A report released Monday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) found that 264 federal, state, military, tribal and local law enforcement officers to date died in the line of duty last year -- the highest since 1974.

The Officer Down Memorial Page, another group that tracks line of duty officer deaths, reported similar numbers.

"An additional 200+ COVID line of duty deaths are still pending verification, so 2020 may eventually turn out to be the deadliest year for law enforcement in U. S. history due to the COVID pandemic," the Officer Down Memorial Page wrote in a January 8 Facebook post.

Overall, city law enforcement officers were the hardest hit last year, with 122 line of duty deaths, the report stated.

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