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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Civil rights groups demand data on nationwide police shootings"

From The Washington Examiner, courtesy of the NACDL news scan:

The American Civil Liberties Union and nearly 100 other civil rights groups are pressuring the Justice Department to force state and local law enforcement agencies to report to the FBI in more detail about deaths that occur when people are in police custody.

In a notice published in the Federal Register in August, DOJ announced that it would be streamlining how state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as medical examiner's or coroner's offices, report that a person died while in police custody. However, it is hard to get the more than 18,000 agencies to voluntarily participate.

Now, the groups are proposing in a letter to the Justice Department that grants be withheld from the police departments that refuse to report the data.

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