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FBI Unveils Online 'Use of Force' Database

FBI Unveils Online 'Use of Force' Database

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By    |   Thursday, 13 October 2016 09:58 PM

The FBI will start a national online database to begin tracking how and when law enforcement officials use force in their interactions with civilians – even when they do not lead to death.

The Department of Justice announced the program Thursday, but the FBI first unveiled details of the repository last week and posted it to the Federal Register for comment.

It is expected to begin in 2017.

"Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

"The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve."

The FBI project goes beyond provisions of the 2014 Death in Custody Reporting Act that mandates law enforcement agencies to submit information about the deaths of civilians during encounters with police, or while in law enforcement custody.

The new repository also will include forcible actions that result in serious injury and the discharge of firearms.

At an appearance at Georgetown University later Thursday, Lynch described how broken trust between police and many communities has largely defined her tenure at the Department of Justice, USA Today reported.

Recalling her first day on the job coincided with the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Lynch said what struck her most shortly afterward "was how separate people [in Baltimore] were, but how united they were in their goals'' to heal the city.

"It is a powerful time,'' she added. "Everyone sees [the problem] now. Accountability is the key."

United Press International contributed to this report.

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