In the last few weeks of 2014, the eye turned to local police efforts and the consequences of them, or lack thereof. Can there be something that we can do? Here we explore a recent decision affecting police departments and reporting of shootings and deaths, written by Matt Connolly for Mic published on December 13, 2014.
After watching nationwide protests unfold against police brutality, members of Congress did what they have seemed incapable of doing for years: something.
A bill passed by both chambers of Congress and headed to President Barack Obama's desk will require local law enforcement agencies to report every police shooting and other death at their hands. That data will include each victim's age, gender and race as well as details about what happened.
"You can't begin to improve the situation unless you know what the situation is," bill sponsor Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) told the Washington Post. "We will now have the data."
Read the full story here: http://mic.com/articles/106392/congress-just-passed-a-bill-addressing-police-killings-while-no-one-was-looking