Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. Freddie Gray. How many Black and brown people are killed by police every year? Even as communities of color suffer great losses, national leaders are not collecting data on the scale of police use of force and violence. A bill recently passed by Congress gives the Attorney General all the power necessary to gather this critical information.
It's time for the Department of Justice to collect and publish official nationwide data on police killings, the use of force, and arrests, broken down by race and other demographic factors. When doing this, the DOJ must provide key privacy protections, including the exclusion of personally identifying information and deportation immunity for civilians.