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Justice Department Wants to Track All 'Arrest-Related' Deaths in U.S.

Police departments aren't obliged to report numbers on law-enforcement-related shootings



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    Officers move in to break up a crowd, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri. Police-involved shootings have been under greater scrutiny since the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white officer in Ferguson.

    After a spate of high-profile shootings by police in recent years, the Department of Justice has an initiative it wants to make permanent: collect data on all "arrest-related" deaths, NBC News reported.

    Under the proposed program, some 19,450 state and local law enforcement agencies and about 685 medical examiners' offices would help catalog such incidents annually this year, and then quarterly starting next year.

    Each report would provide names, locations, whether or not the arrested was allegedly committing a crime, their behavior during the incident, how law enforcement responded and the manner of death.

    While the FBI keeps track of some deaths linked to law-enforcement-related shootings, police departments aren't obliged to report their numbers.

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    Hundreds of people took to the streets in Barrington, Rhode Island this weekend to protest an op-ed written in the local newspaper that many found offensive. The letter, written by Alan Sorrentino, critiques older women who wear yoga pants in public, saying the clothing does not compliment a woman over 20 years-old. "This is way more than yoga pants. It is women fed up with the policing of our wardrobes," said parade organizer, Jamie Burke. Sorrentino claims that his op-ed was just a joke but many are calling his comments sexist. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016)