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Feds Don't Track Number of Officer-Involved Shootings

September 08, 2014  | 

Criminal justice experts note that, while the federal government and national research groups keep scads of data and statistics — on topics ranging from how many people were victims of unprovoked shark attacks (53 in 2013) to the number of hogs and pigs living on farms in the U.S. (upwards of 64,000,000 according to 2010 numbers) — there is no reliable national data on how many people are shot by police officers each year.

A report by the Washington Post says officials with the Justice Department keep no comprehensive database or record of police shootings, instead allowing the nation’s more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies to self-report officer-involved shootings as part of the FBI’s annual data on "justifiable homicides" by law enforcement.

That number – which only includes self-reported information from about 750 law enforcement agencies – hovers around 400 "justifiable homicides" by police officers each year. The DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics also tracks "arrest-related deaths." But the department stopped releasing those numbers after 2009, because, like the FBI data, they were widely regarded as unreliable.

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Bill @ 9/8/2014 6:22 PM

A young, independent startup(with a peculiar racial bent) is

The Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank, hosts the site
This site focuses on cases involving corruption, and exceptional misconduct.

Another site,, primarily deals with the most offensive greivances. Such as raiding an innocent person, SWATting, and improper deployment of 'maximum force'.

This isn't meant as a critique. This is meant as a conversation starter. Something is wrong. Either 'WeThe People' are not being told what the hell is going on, or we are witnessing something your kids will regret.

Me @ 9/8/2014 8:19 PM

We are going to face a national tinfoil shortage from what I have seen in the comments to these articles.

Mike @ 9/9/2014 9:31 AM

All of these ridiculous comments you read are just "Lenny" hiding behind different names. Pay no attention to them. He is a harmless nut job. And yes, he wears a tinfoil hat.

Bill @ 9/11/2014 10:07 AM

Woodland, California: A highway patrol officer is charged with abusing his wife. He was arrested by police responding to his residence after being alerted that he was having an argument with his wife.

Lake Milton, Ohio: Township police arrested a police officer on domestic-violence charges. According to a police report he got into an argument with his wife, and then struck her on the face, causing her to fall. He reportedly caused her to fall to the ground a second time in a second altercation after she returned from a neighbor’s apartment, where she had gone to ask for help.

North Port, Florida: An officer was fired for sexual misconduct. The officer was terminated after a five-month internal affairs investigation found he’d violated department policies by having sex with his girlfriend while on the job.

You can bury your head in the sand if want. Call me tinfoil whatever. Crime is crime.

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