How many are killed; how many are black; how many are women and children?
We still don’t know how many people have been killed by police since last year, when the White House published a Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was meant to be a guide for policy reforms.
FBI Director James Comey says, it is really “Embarrassing and ridiculous” that the government can’t give a number of people murdered by police officers. Totally “unacceptable”, he says, that we have to depend on newspapers, like The Guardian and Washington Post, to give an estimate of the statistics
“We are responding to a real human outcry,” says Stephen L. Morris, a senior FBI official whose division is to collect crime data. “People want to know what police are doing, and they want to know why they are using force. It always fell to the bottom before. It is now the highest priority.”
The federal government keeps record of “everything”, but not just killings of black people by police. Every police shooting, fatal or not, should be documented by the government if we are to effectively address it as a national crisis.
It’s all centered towards racial inequality and injustice in the country. The rate at which innocent black men and women are killed by police triples day and night. Yet, officers face no criminal charges in these fatal shootings.
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