Department of Justice to keep tabs on police brutality

DOJ to start tracking police shootings

Police and sheriff departments nationwide will soon be required to not only report fatal shootings, but every time they use force.

The Department of Justice will create a nationwide list of violent encounters between police and members of the public. If departments don't hand over their data, they could be forced to pay a fine.

Black Lives Matter protests have spurred the change, as have more than 750 people shot and killed by police officers so far this year, according to data from the Washington Post.

By January, the Department of Justice will start collecting data from police departments and sheriff offices across the US.

The Department of Justice hopes this will increase transparency and build trust between law enforcement and our communities.

From there, it is up to whoever is elected as our next president to create new laws to combat police brutality. President Barack Obama set the ball in motion by enacting a new law two years ago alongside congress to require police departments to report every single time someone died at the hands of police, but they didn't require departments to report other use of force.

It's been one shooting after another over the past two years-- In Ferguson, Charlotte, Tulsa, Baton Rouge, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Staten Island and other cities across the US, many involving unarmed black men and caught on video. And yet, officials have struggled after every shooting to gather basic information about what led up to the shootings and why officers pulled their triggers.

Officials say there is a void in publicly available data on police shootings, which has made it frustrating to investigate and push for change. 


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