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Should There Be A Nationwide Database For Police Shootings?

With police shootings on the rise, people are calling for accountability. Should the DOJ institute a nationwide database of all police related shootings and killings?

a full 90% of writers and pundits say yes
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Should There Be A Nationwide Database For Police Shootings?  

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last 24 hours | thefederalist
Activists Use Charges Of Police Racism To Justify A Huge Power Grab - The Federalist
"...Advocates of a mandatory national database on police shootings say it's just a matter of collecting data to solve the epidemic problem of police violence in our nation. But it's not so simple. A national database will inevitably lead to sweeping national regulations that will make local departments beholden to the feds.In other words, it's one step closer to a federal takeover of local policing. A national database will help ever-so-trustworthy and competent experts at the national level use ginned-up civil-rights crises and manipulated data, which don't take into account particular, unique situations on the ground, to build uniform standards they'll impose from the top down...." see full article


919 days ago | ocregister
Way too many people being shot by police - OCRegister
"...Let's start with this: Nobody in government even knows the extent of the problem. I mean that literally. No official tally is kept of how many people die at the hands of law enforcement each year. Reporting is voluntary, and most jurisdictions don't bother.Absent any federal database, information on police shootings has been gathered for several years by retired FBI agent and crime writer Jim Fisher. Asked why an agency that can pinpoint the number of bicycles boosted in any given town cannot say how many deaths are inflicted by authorities, Fisher offers a disquieting explanation. The answer is simple: They don't want us to know, he has said. Why? Because police shoot a lot more people than we think. ..." see full article


924 days ago | postandcourier
US needs database for police shootings - Charleston Post Courier
"...The nation's attention has been focused on lethal shootings by law enforcement officers with the deaths of Walter Scott in North Charleston, Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and Tamir Rice in Cleveland.What is surprising is that no such reliable database exists in a country where we seem to keep track of everything else...." see full article


927 days ago | washingtonpost
A better way to hold police officers accountable - Washington Post

"...Congress should mandate the collection and analysis of complete and reliable information. The justice system needs to do a better job of holding officers accountable. A good place to start is with new thinking like that demonstrated by Montgomery and Howard county officials. Recognizing that the public lacks confidence in local prosecutors' ability to investigate the police with whom they work, the two counties' prosecutors have agreed to investigate each other's cases.Most urgently, police and the officials for whom they work need to recognize there is a problem...." see full article


928 days ago | huffingtonpost
New Bill Says It's Time To Track The Data On Police Shootings

"...There is currently no comprehensive federal program that collects data on law enforcement-involved shootings and use of force, making that information essentially impossible to find. The FBI's uniform crime report only includes police-involved killings that are considered "justifiable homicides" -- that is, killings that law enforcement officials consider excusable, like a civilian who is killed while committing a felony. These incidents are reported by police on a voluntary basis, meaning there are likely many more that happen than we have an official record of.In her statement Tuesday, Boxer noted that there's also no comprehensive reporting on how many officers are killed in the line of duty. This year, 54 officers have been killed in the line of duty, 14 of them shot and killed by suspects, according to numbers from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund...." see full article


928 days ago | nhregister
Editorial: A better way to hold police officers accountable - New Haven Register
"...Police are shooting people fatally this year at twice the rate reported in past years to federal officials, a Post investigation has found. Most likely the disparity reflects poor reporting in official records. Many of the deaths occurred in troubling circumstances: victims were unarmed, running away, suffering from mental illness. The Post's unprecedented examination should be useful in helping to reduce the number of such shootings. As a first step, it should spur the government to start collecting solid, systematic information about police use of lethal force.The lack of a comprehensive national database documenting police shootings became glaringly apparent in the aftermath of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The FBI tracks justifiable homicides by police officers, but since the reporting is voluntary, the numbers are spotty. More significantly, the focus on cases in which officers were deemed to have used lethal force legally doesn't capture instances in which fatalities likely could have been avoided...." see full article


928 days ago | washingtonpost
A better way to hold police officers accountable

"...The lack of a comprehensive national database documenting police shootings became glaringly apparent in the aftermath of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The FBI tracks justifiable homicides by police officers, but since the reporting is voluntary, the numbers are spotty. More significantly, the focus on cases in which officers were deemed to have used lethal force legally doesn't capture instances in which fatalities likely could have been avoided.In their examination of 385 people shot by police nationwide in the past five months, Post reporters found that about half the time, police were responding to calls for help with a domestic disturbance or similarly complicated situation. Nearly a quarter of those killed 92 victims were identified as mentally ill. Particularly heartbreaking were accounts of family members who called police for help in handling mentally frail relatives only to watch their son or brother be gunned down. Catherine Daniels called 911 for help in persuading her son, who suffered from schizophrenia, to come in from the cold; he was shot in his underwear waving a broomstick...." see full article


928 days ago | nhregister
A better way to hold police officers accountable
"...Police are shooting people fatally this year at twice the rate reported in past years to federal officials, a Post investigation has found. Most likely the disparity reflects poor reporting in official records. Many of the deaths occurred in troubling circumstances: victims were unarmed, running away, suffering from mental illness. The Post's unprecedented examination should be useful in helping to reduce the number of such shootings. As a first step, it should spur the government to start collecting solid, systematic information about police use of lethal force.The lack of a comprehensive national database documenting police shootings became glaringly apparent in the aftermath of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The FBI tracks justifiable homicides by police officers, but since the reporting is voluntary, the numbers are spotty. More significantly, the focus on cases in which officers were deemed to have used lethal force legally doesn't capture instances in which fatalities likely could have been avoided...." see full article


928 days ago | ic.leusd.k12.c
Will the Press Force the Government to Finally Count the Number of Police Killings in America?
"...On Tuesday morning, as if directly responding to the avalanche of reporting from major newspapers, Democratic senators Barbara Boxer and Cory Booker announced a proposal that would force all law enforcement agencies in the country to report every police killing to the Department of Justice. The senators also want info on race, age, and gender to be gathered, among other details.The only question, of course, is why they aren't doing so already.In an interview with VICE, Jon Swaine, the Guardian reporter who headed up that paper's project, applauded the Boxer-Booker proposal as a way to bring about transparency. "It doesn't seem likely to happen on its own," he said. Legislation does seem to be necessary, so we think it's a good step."..." see full article


928 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Democratic senators introduce bill requiring police to report all police shootings to DOJ

"...The nation has faced months of at-times tense discussions around issues of race and law enforcement following a series of deaths of black men and boys at the hands of police officers that became national stories -- including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C., and Freddie Gray in Baltimore.Those incidents have renewed calls, which have been made for years by some civil rights groups, for more standardized reporting of police use-of-force incidents. To date, there is no accurate, comprehensive data available about how many people are killed by American police officers each year...." see full article



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