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US police kill more than two people a day

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A week earlier, Obama himself traveled to Camden, New Jersey for a photo-op with the local police department, announcing an additional $163 million in funding for local police forces, with a large share of the funds targeted for training police to use military hardware. Obama declared, "The overwhelming number of police officers are good, fair, honest and care deeply about their community, putting their lives on the line every day."

Actually, according to federal reports, a total of 57 police officers (out of more than 1 million local, state and federal cops) died by violence in the line of duty in 2013, the latest year for which comprehensive statistics are available. Contrary to the claims of police apologists, that makes being a policeman one of the safer occupations in America, much less dangerous than working class jobs involving physical labor in mining, manufacturing, construction, transportation or agriculture.

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