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By KELIN DILLON

A documented 515 Mexican police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020.

The figures come from Cause in Common, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Mexican government responsible and honest with its citizens.

According to the report, an average of 43 officers were killed in the line of duty monthly in Mexico during 2020, meaning 10 were killed per week and approximately one killed every 16 hours.

This represents a 16 percent increase in police deaths from the previous year, 2019, during which 446 police died. Similar figures were reached in 2018, when 452 officers were killed.

The report said the states with the highest number of police officers killed last year were Mexico City, Sonora, Veracruz, Guanajuato, the State of Mexico, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Chihuahua, Michoacán and Zacatecas.

The rate of law enforcement deaths increased in Guanajuato by 12 percent, Veracruz by 138 percent, and San Luis Potosí by a staggering 375 percent, from 2019 to 2020.

Cause In Common said the real number of police officers who died in the line of fire could be much higher in reality, as the current figure only accounts for officially reported deaths published in the media.

…Jan. 5, 2021

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