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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:51 PM

For a second year, most U.S. police departments decline to share information on their use of force


Despite a presidential order, congressional demands and a proposed new law requiring police to tell the FBI how often officers use force, for the second straight year only about 27 percent of police departments have supplied data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection program launched in 2019. With such a meager response, the FBI will only release a list of participating agencies and no data whatsoever about how often police fire their weapons, cause serious injury or kill people.

Itís a source of ongoing frustration among law enforcement executives, whose only nationwide data on police use-of-force comes from databases created by The Washington Post, and websites such as Fatal Encounters and Mapping Police Violence. In 2015, then-FBI Director James B. Comey told top policing officials he could get the latest box office data on popular movies, but ďitís ridiculous ó itís embarrassing and ridiculous ó that we canít talk about crime in the same way, especially in the high-stakes incidents when your officers have to use force.Ē

The FBI launched a national task force to study collecting such data in 2016, conducted a pilot program in 2017, and opened up the full program to both local police and federal law enforcement agencies in 2019. To participate, individual departments visit an FBI data portal each month and fill in data for fatalities or injuries caused by police use-of-force, and for police discharges of firearms at people.

In 2019, only 27 percent of law enforcement agencies contributed information, covering 41 percent of all officers. For 2020, the total again was 27 percent of agencies, covering 42 percent of officers, the FBIís website reports. In a statement, the bureau said it has been reaching out to departments to encourage additional participation and that final 2020 numbers, which are still being compiled, would cover 50 percent of officers nationwide. They did not say what percentage of agencies that would represent.


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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:17 PM

1. One jack-booted step closer....

to fascism. I do believe these police departments work for us, correct?

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:18 PM

2. Ok

Those departments receiving any form of federal funding and failing to provide that data stop receiving that funding. Immediately. They miss the deadline, no more funding or the next three years. And they are subject to DOJ oversightforvthe next five years. Immediately.

No, that wonít be done. We seem to be incapable of so many things. Not slamming Dems. Just fed up

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