DOJ Announces Nationwide Police Use of Force Data Collection
The Department of Justice announced its plan to collect data on law enforcement interactions with civilians nationwide in order to track how and when law enforcement officials use force and how often civilians die in police custody.
DOJ announced its plan in a press release today, in which Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, “Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations.”
Dubbed “The National Use of Force Data Collection,” the FBI will begin the data-collection pilot program in early 2017, and is currently seeking input on the program from local officials and civil rights organizations.
The Justice Department plans to reach out to the largest law enforcement agencies; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the U.S. Marshall Service to join the optional pilot study and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
Additionally, Attorney General Lynch issued a memo to federal law enforcement agencies notifying them of their obligation to report deaths that occur in their custody.
“The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” Attorney General Lynch said. “In the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to work alongside our local, state, tribal and federal partners to ensure that we put in place a system to collect data that is comprehensive, useful and responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.”
General Loretta Lynch will discuss the announcement in further detail at an event at Georgetown University this evening.
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