All CA Agencies Must Begin Tracking Use-of-Force Injuries

All 800 police departments in California must begin using a new online tool launched Thursday to report and help track every time officers use force that causes serious injuries.

All 800 police departments in California must begin using a new online tool launched Thursday to report and help track every time officers use force that causes serious injuries.

The tool's developers hail it as the first statewide dataset of its kind in the country and a model for other states. Those more critical of law enforcement call it a big step toward better police accountability.

The tool, named URSUS for the bear on California's flag, includes fields for the race of those injured and the officers involved, how their interaction began and why force was deemed necessary, ABC News reports.

"It's sort of like TurboTax for use-of-force incidents," said Justin Erlich, a special assistant attorney general overseeing the data collection and analysis.

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