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Calling the current system a “travesty,” the FBI on Tuesday announced plans to overhaul the way it tracks information on violent police encounters in the nation, reports The Washington Post.

The news comes a year after reports of fatalities and injuries at the hands of police–most recently Laquan McDonald in Chicago–amid widening frustration over the lack of official recordings of the incidents, writes the Post:

The new effort will go beyond tracking fatal shootings and, for the first time, track any incident in which an officer causes serious injury or death to civilians, including through the use of stun guns, pepper spray and even fists and feet.

“We are responding to a real human outcry,” said Stephen L. Morris, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which oversees the data collection. “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 data will include information about the gender and race of officers and suspects involved in the encounters, “the level of threat or danger the officer faced, and the types of weapons wielded by either party,” notes the report.

SOURCE: The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


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