Opinion Columns & Blogs

August 28, 2014

A shameful failure to gather data on police use of force

How many times a year do U.S. police officers employ deadly force, and how many people die as a result? What are the races and ethnicities of those involved? How often are the objects of police force armed or unarmed? These are just some of the questions people have asked in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. – and they are perfectly reasonable queries.

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