In the past 12 months, Americans have met violent death at the hands of spree killers, haters of law enforcement, disturbed young men and police officers. Even 12-year-old girls have tried to commit murder.
The failure of several grand juries to indict white police officers who killed black men has presented perhaps the greatest challenge to our faith in the criminal justice system, and protests have swept the country. But we've also mourned the lives of officers killed in the line of duty, underscoring just how important law enforcement is -- and the sacrifices the police make.
Read on to see The Huffington Post's top 10 crime stories of 2014. (Note that these are not ranked in any particular order.)
And while we reflect on some of the higher-profile tragedies of the year, let’s all hope for less violence in 2015.