The United States government seems to track everything from drunk driving statistics, to the controversial date ” harvesting ” conducted by the NSA.
So it may come as a shock that the government wasn’t already tracking the number of police involved homicides.
As Tess Owens with Vice News reported:
Until now, the FBI has maintained a dataset which includes information about fatal police shootings. Local law-enforcement agencies can voluntarily submit homicide statistics, including incidents involving police, to state police departments, which in turn send the data to the FBI.
But since Brown’s death, that system has been widely discredited.
An investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that the FBI dataset was missing more than 550 police killings between 2007 and 2012 from 105 of the country’s largest police departments.
The same agency we trust to ascertain information, derail terrorist attacks and monitor radical groups, can’t account for at least 550 police involved killings in a 5 year span.
All law enforcement agencies — 19,450 in total — will be required to submit quarterly reports of all officer-involved deaths directly to the DOJ, including information about the location and time of the incident, manner of death, the victim’s behavior during the incident, reason for initial contact, and the victim’s race, age, gender, and so on.
Failure to comply means they could lose 10 percent of their agency’s funding.
Medical examiners and coroners will also be required to submit reports to the DOJ whenever they receive a body of someone who was killed by police.
Federal officials stated that they will also monitor local news and media to add and account for police involved homicides and will not specifically wait for the local departments to send in their reports.
Do you feel this is a step in the right direction, or is it not enough and a little to late?
(Article by Jaimes Campbell; image via Shutterstock)
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