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Citing Racial Bias, New Report Calls For Better Data Collection On Police Shootings

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A report analyzing nearly 1,000 fatal police shootings that happened in 2015 claims evidence of racial bias. Researchers hope the study will strengthen a call for a national database on police use of force.

Federal data documenting fatal police shootings of suspects are notoriously hazy.

In 2015, FBI Director James Comey acknowledged as much — while speaking to students at Georgetown University.

“How can we address concerns about officer-involved shootings, if we do not have a reliable grasp on the demographic and the circumstances of those incidences?” Comey said.

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