Their memorial was one for the ages. All of congress turned out. So did the president. It was broadcast to the entire nation.
It is happening so often, that the ritual of police death has become a cottage industry in this country. Several departments now have manuals on how to conduct funerals. Black mourning bands are now factory made.
That way they last longer, explains retired officer Terry Board.
"They're reusing them, it's happening so much," said Board.
One look at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and it's clear that no other profession in America is experiencing such an increase in carnage. The death toll for police was up 20 percent last year, and no one is sure why. The names just keep mounting.
The list just keeps growing.
As of 6 p.m. eastern time tonight, the death toll stood at 93 for the year: 19 in car wrecks, 12 struck by vehicles, eight by drowning, two in motorcycle wrecks, one in a helicopter, one in a boat, another by a bomb, eight in other accidents, and 41 shot to death.
It is all adding up to another record year.
Reported by Jim Stewart
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