FBI Announces Postponement Of National Use-of-Force Data Release

The FBI has announced it will postpone the release of its much anticipated national use-of-force database, which the bureau first said it intended to create five years ago. The FBI cited a low participation rate from local police agencies in its inaugural year of data collection, which began last January.

The list of participating agencies has become the bureau’s only release for now, according to an FBI news release. That new list reveals that 75 percent of local police agencies across America did not participate in the voluntary program.

For example, a Newsy analysis of the FBI’s newly released list of agencies shows that in Indiana, only eight out of more than 400 police agencies in the state participated. That is less than 2 percent participation. If only the 35 largest non-participating agencies in the country had sent the FBI data, a Newsy analysis shows the bureau would have had enough police participation to consider releasing more information about use-of-force incidents for thousands of agencies across the nation.

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