U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to supporters at the stREUTERS/Jonathan Drake

DonaldTrump was endorsed by a New England police union Thursday evening, according to published reports.

The New England Police Benevolent Association gave its backing to the controversial candidate, who recently called for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, NECN and the Associated Press reported.

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At a union event in Portsmouth, N.H., Trump called for the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.


"Anybody killing a police officer - death penalty is going to happen," Trump said, according to NECN.

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