Editor’s Note: Apparently we, as American citizens, in an age of omnipresent data collection and surveillance, still cannot answer the very important and otherwise basic question: ‘How many Americans are actually killed in police custody?’
The question of ‘How many Americans are actually killed in police custody?’ is one that, unfortunately, does not have a readily available answer.
With increased attention on police killings in recent years, it has become clear that such fatalities are often not tracked and misreported, forcing news organizations and advocacy groups to piece together information about the untold number of lives lost at the hands of law enforcement.
Seeking to change that, on Monday, 67 leading rights and civil liberties organizations sent an open letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding that the federal bureau hold local law enforcement agencies accountable by giving teeth to the recently reauthorized Death In Custody Reporting Act (DICRA) and threatening to withhold grant money if they do not comply.
To give an idea of just how under-reported these statistics are, of the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, only 224 reported an approximate 444 police shootings to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2014. However, citing Guardian and Washington Post reporting on these fatalities, the groups note, ‘we have reason to believe that annual numbers of people killed by police exceeds 1,000.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 31, 2016.