Hundreds Of Police Departments In Texas, California Broke Laws On Reporting Police Shootings, Study Finds
Hundreds of police departments in Texas and California failed to report officer-involved shooting deaths as required by law in the past decade according to a recent study by Texas State University. The research revealed that registries created by the two states to report all in-custody deaths did not list about 220 use-of-force fatalities in Texas and 440 in California from 2005-2015.
The Texas and California attorney general’s offices and police officials in both states confirmed that many cases were missing. “We’re not really blaming anyone – this is an incredibly complex problem,” said Howard Williams, one of the Texas State University professors who conducted the study. But he said it’s hard to change policy, improve training or purchase new equipment “when you simply lack the data to even know what’s going on.”
involved shootings, according to the newspaper. In each state, the attorney general’s office collect reports. Failing to report a death at the hands of a police officer is a misdemeanor in Texas; there is no penalty in California.