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Michigan law enforcement agencies to submit use of force data annually

Jun 18, 2020

Police shot tear gas at protesters in Detroit earlier this month.
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Police departments across the country already submit use of force reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Now, departments in Michigan will be encouraged to submit reports for state-specific data.

The Law Enforcement Transparency Collaborative, announced Wednesday, will be the first statewide collection of use of force data.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, says the Law Enforcement Transparency Collaborative is a step toward reform.

“We have the opportunity to reimagine the fundamental relationship of trust between communities of color and law enforcement. And trust starts with transparency.”

The new collaborative will not require departments to submit data, but is backed by several state law enforcement representatives. The Michigan Sheriffs’ Association says all sheriffs already submit use of force data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Democratic State Senator Stephanie Chang says while there’s no legislative component requiring use of force reports, the collaborative is a step in the right direction.

“If anything, today’s announcement is a sign to be positive and optimistic about opportunities for real change. I think the fact that people are willing to come together on an initiative like this is a really positive sign.”

Lawmakers in Lansing have introduced some police reforms in the wake of nationwide protests including a chokehold ban and additional training. But none have been passed by both chambers.

Yusef Shakur is co-director of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. He backs the plan as a start.

“There’s a potential there. ‘Cause the potential is now you have to look inward. The potential is there, now they can begin—possibly—tearing down those blue walls.”

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