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  •  And that is an unreliable number (4+ / 0-)
    But all we know is that every time we look at these FBI statistics about justifiable homicides by police and we compare that to a count that we can get internally as researchers in major police departments, the FBI numbers are lower than the numbers we get from the police department.
    Also, from the same All Things Considered segment:
    I've actually heard police executives say that they don't want to have a national reporting system because then people will compare and say, well, you know, this police department shoots more people than that police department. And it'll lead to problems. My argument is report it out. If you have a problem - if your agency is shooting too many people, then do something about it. But if all of your shootings are appropriate, then you have nothing to worry about.

    And without getting into the minutia of how we, as social scientists, can look and say whether a police agency is out of round, shall we say, in terms of their rate of shootings, we can start to look at this. And we can start to explain what might be accounting for the variation in the level of deadly force across police departments. But that is part of it. I have heard that expressed, and I just think that's a poor argument.

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    by Catte Nappe on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 02:35:50 PM PDT

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      pat of butter gave me an idea to the CDC's annual cause of death study, which I'm starting to look at now. I'm using the 'Legal Intervention' category as the comment suggests.

      At first glance, it seems the CDC number is close to the FBI number but I have to study it further. I haven't looked all the way through and I want to see if there's a more recent version.

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