Justice Department trials system to count killings by US law enforcement
Attorney general announces pilot open-source program to track police-involved deaths paralleling methodology used by the Guardian’s The Counted Project
Tuesday 6 October 2015 00.15 BST
The pilot program was announced by the US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on Monday and follows concerted calls from campaigners and lawmakers for better official data on police killings, after a nationwide debate about race and policing was sparked by protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
In anticipation of the launch, further details of the Department of Justice program were shared with the Guardian, which publishes The Counted, a crowdsourced investigative project that attempts to track all those killed by US law enforcement in 2015. The program is understood to be already active, with a view to full implementation at the start of 2016. …