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After Kalamazoo Shootings, Uber Defends Its Driver Background Checks

Posted by Dustin Robinson on February 24, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Originally published on February 22, 2016 on NPR by Alina Selyukh. 

If news headlines were all you read about the Saturday shootings in Kalamazoo, Mich., you might know only the basic details: that six people were killed, that the shootings appeared random, and that the suspect was driving for Uber at the time.

In fact, in many cases, that has been the identifier in news coverage: "Uber driver suspected," "Uber driver accused," "Uber driver arraigned," "Uber driver charged."

We still don't know a lot about what happened in Kalamazoo, including the motive that allegedly caused Jason Dalton to carry out the series of seemingly random shootings in between passenger pickups. It's unclear what role his occupation as an Uber driver might have played in this case.

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