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Why Are There Gaps in Information About Officer-Involved Shootings?

The Texas Tribune just released results from a yearlong investigation into data about police shootings from departments in the state’s 36 largest cities. That data indicates there were 656 incidents of officer-involved shootings in those cities between 2010 and 2015. But that may be an incomplete picture. We find out why the total number of […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe Texas Tribune just released results from a yearlong investigation into data about police shootings from departments in the state’s 36 largest cities.

That data indicates there were 656 incidents of officer-involved shootings in those cities between 2010 and 2015. But that may be an incomplete picture.

We find out why the total number of incidents and the race or ethnicity of some involved remain uncertain, despite a Texas statute requiring law enforcement to track and report that information.

We hear from Jolie McCullough, a reporter from The Texas TribuneDr. Kevin Buckler, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, and State Rep. Eric Johnson, author of House Bill 1036, which addresses law enforcement reporting of officer-involved shootings.

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