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The number of U.S. police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has tripled this year, a sharp increase that at least one expert says could be the result of more video evidence.In the past, the annual average was fewer than five officers charged. The importance of video was highlighted last week with the release of footage showing a Chicago officer fatally shooting a teenager 16 times.An average of fewer than five each year resulted in murder or manslaughter charges against officers, Stinson found.Of the 47 officers charged from the beginning of 2005 through the end of last year, about 23 percent were convicted, Stinson found.
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