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U.S. Attorney General to Allow Police Depts to Keep the Number of Citizens they Kill a Secret

 

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Washington, DC – In complete reversal of course from the stated position of her predecessor, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the federal government shouldn’t mandate police departments to report lethal shootings of civilians.

Lynch’s statements diverge drastically from her predecessor Eric Holder, who left the position in April of this year. Former Attorney General Holder is on record calling the lack of official data on police shootings “unacceptable,” with him labeling the collection of this data a “first step” in improving ever deteriorating police-community relations.

Back in January, Holder said,

“I’ve heard from a number of people who have called on policymakers to ensure better record-keeping on injuries and deaths that occur at the hands of police. I’ve also spoken with law enforcement leaders – including the leadership of the Fraternal Order of Police – who have urged elected officials to consider strategies for collecting better data on officer fatalities. Today, my response to these legitimate concerns is simple: We need to do both.”

The about-face by Lynch reveals an utter contempt for the civil rights of American citizens while pandering to the Fraternal Order of Police’s default position.

“One of the things we are focusing on at the Department of Justice is not trying to reach down from Washington and dictate to every local department how they should handle the minutia of record keeping, but we are stressing to them that these records must be kept,” she said at the Washington Ideas Forum, hosted by AtlanticLIVE and the Aspen Institute.

Lynch’s implication that she is attempting to uphold state’s rights is a completely ridiculous notion that has absolutely no validity in reality. Furthermore, “stressing how records must be kept” is akin to asking really nicely, as the records are given to the Department of Justice, by police agencies, on a completely voluntary basis currently.

Acting as if it is an either/or proposition, Lynch attempts to forward a narrative that improving police-community relations takes precedence over keeping accurate data on police shootings. Her implication seems to be that somehow keeping more accurate data won’t result in better community relations for police.

“The statistics are important, but the real issues are: ‘what steps are we all taking to connect communities … with police and back with government?’” Lynch said.

She then goes on to claim that it could be difficult for some police departments to keep accurate records due to their small size.

Incredibly, Lynch seems to have a complete lack of understanding that accurate data being made available to the public promotes better police-community relations.

One of the major factors in the recent decline of public support for police has been the fact that there is very little transparency, accountability, or overall oversight of law enforcement, which ultimately promotes a greater divide between cops and the public. When the official records collected by the Department of Justice reveal half or less of the total police killings actually taking place, people quickly begin to lose faith and trust in these institutions.

In an effort to gain a more accurate picture of the number of people being killed by cops, citizens and journalist took it upon themselves to create open source databases, which revealed that the DOJ numbers were being drastically under reported.

Lynch acts as if police departments of any size will somehow be placed under immense stress for keeping a simple tally of lives they’ve taken. If the Guardian and Killed by Police can keep track of this number for all of the departments in the US, then each department can certainly do it themselves.

Despite calls for there to be a mandatory reporting system by legislators and activists, FBI Director James Comey has refused to institute a more comprehensive and accurate system for counting killings by police officers. The reality that there is no government agency in the United States keeping track of such an important statistic speaks directly to the systemic nature of the problem.

If the American government doesn’t have the data on how many people police kill yearly, it’s because they don’t want it. If there was official data it would be that much more difficult to resist the calls for police reform. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has shown us that thin blue line runs all the way up to the federal level.


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu

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  • Wait I thought Obama was against police brutality and was waging a war on cops…

  • Wait I thought Obama was against police brutality and was waging a war on cops…

  • WTF!

  • WTF!

  • Charge Barry with treason

  • Charge Barry with treason

  • WOW MORE DOUBLE STANDARDS .. I THINK YOUR ATTORNEY GENERAL JUST MADE AN UNLAWFUL COCKUP HIS IS PUBLIC MONEY AND PUBLIC SERVANTS RECORDS .. SO WHY CANT THE PUBLIC PERUSE THE BODY COUNT ? SOMETHING TO HIDE MAYBE THIS NEEDS A SMALL DEBATE IN THE LAW COURTS AS FOR ME THIS LOOKS AS IT SOUNDS DECIDEDLY SMELLY REEKS OF UNDERHAND MOTIVE !

  • WOW MORE DOUBLE STANDARDS .. I THINK YOUR ATTORNEY GENERAL JUST MADE AN UNLAWFUL COCKUP HIS IS PUBLIC MONEY AND PUBLIC SERVANTS RECORDS .. SO WHY CANT THE PUBLIC PERUSE THE BODY COUNT ? SOMETHING TO HIDE MAYBE THIS NEEDS A SMALL DEBATE IN THE LAW COURTS AS FOR ME THIS LOOKS AS IT SOUNDS DECIDEDLY SMELLY REEKS OF UNDERHAND MOTIVE !

  • Who would trust the government’s accounting anyway? The death toll will be tracked nonetheless. Just like the revolution will not be televised.

  • Who would trust the government’s accounting anyway? The death toll will be tracked nonetheless. Just like the revolution will not be televised.

  • Ridiculous hack journalism. Way to undermine the validity of your agenda. Sigh…

  • Ridiculous hack journalism. Way to undermine the validity of your agenda. Sigh…

  • Very nice.

  • Very nice.

  • Murica. Peachy.

  • Murica. Peachy.

  • Well I bet someone is keeping the statistics somewhere or are the police doing south american “disappearances as well?

  • Well I bet someone is keeping the statistics somewhere or are the police doing south american “disappearances as well?

  • George Orwell deserves accolades for trying to warn us decades before about what is to come. I am sorry that most were asleep.

  • George Orwell deserves accolades for trying to warn us decades before about what is to come. I am sorry that most were asleep.

  • It’s an obamanation

  • It’s an obamanation

  • What! I hope she is not this stupid. What an ignorant suggestion. Government statistics in education have evidence for Brown V Board of Education.

  • What! I hope she is not this stupid. What an ignorant suggestion. Government statistics in education have evidence for Brown V Board of Education.

  • But when other countries do it they’re labeled “vicious regimes”

  • But when other countries do it they’re labeled “vicious regimes”

  • Man… is sad to live in the US nowadays

  • Man… is sad to live in the US nowadays

  • … because they kill to many of us maybe ?

    • Pretty much. Although my reply might be the only smart one you get, seeing that the race baiters will be trolling soon.

      Anyway here’s why they wanna hide that report: because they’re killing everyone and everything. Doesn’t matter what race you are these days, hell species doesn’t matter anymore either. Black, White, Asian, young, old, male, female, dog, cat ect it doesn’t matter to them who they wound or kill.

  • … because they kill to many of us maybe ?

    • Pretty much. Although my reply might be the only smart one you get, seeing that the race baiters will be trolling soon.

      Anyway here’s why they wanna hide that report: because they’re killing everyone and everything. Doesn’t matter what race you are these days, hell species doesn’t matter anymore either. Black, White, Asian, young, old, male, female, dog, cat ect it doesn’t matter to them who they wound or kill.

  • Secrecy is transparency.

  • Secrecy is transparency.

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  • I don’t have civil rights, I have unalienable rights

  • I don’t have civil rights, I have unalienable rights

  • POS!

  • POS!

  • IS, HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THIS WAY!

  • IS, HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THIS WAY!

  • bull shit

  • bull shit

  • Only those with something to hide keep secrets !

  • Only those with something to hide keep secrets !

  • Seriously? They have to do reports anyway, why not just keep chicken scratches, or stencils of skulls on the side of the patrol cars?

  • Seriously? They have to do reports anyway, why not just keep chicken scratches, or stencils of skulls on the side of the patrol cars?

  • this shows Obama wants a complete police state under his control.

    • Every one is in a bunch about the next POTUS !! I have news for them we have him!!

  • this shows Obama wants a complete police state under his control.

    • Every one is in a bunch about the next POTUS !! I have news for them we have him!!

  • The ppl need to band together and get rid of all the corruption in their government… I wonder how much she got paid?????

  • The ppl need to band together and get rid of all the corruption in their government… I wonder how much she got paid?????

  • The system is corrupt….

  • The system is corrupt….

  • need a new AG already….. well she was appointed by Obama so her time was up before it even started.

  • need a new AG already….. well she was appointed by Obama so her time was up before it even started.

  • TIME FOR A REVOLUTION !

  • TIME FOR A REVOLUTION !

  • I think it’ll be public record elsewhere anyway. News usually reports deaths and how they occurred.

  • I think it’ll be public record elsewhere anyway. News usually reports deaths and how they occurred.

  • That’s the govt for ya!

  • That’s the govt for ya!

  • Outrageous

  • Outrageous

  • Then we will track them and deal out justice ourselves

  • Then we will track them and deal out justice ourselves

  • You know, just like the Death Squads we’ve supported elsewhere.

  • You know, just like the Death Squads we’ve supported elsewhere.

  • Just like the Stassi in East Germany.

  • Just like the Stassi in East Germany.

  • WTF is wrong with this woman ?

  • WTF is wrong with this woman ?

  • On behalf of all the American lives vulnerable to cops and guns — FUCK THAT NIGGER BITCH !!! I demand this Attorney General be removed from office immediately! I demand no secrets be kept from the public!

    • That verbiage is in poor taste and at odds with your outrage. To result to such lengths, diminishes your opinions.

  • On behalf of all the American lives vulnerable to cops and guns — FUCK THAT NIGGER BITCH !!! I demand this Attorney General be removed from office immediately! I demand no secrets be kept from the public!

    • That verbiage is in poor taste and at odds with your outrage. To result to such lengths, diminishes your opinions.

  • I would want to keek it secret also. Shame ,.

  • I would want to keek it secret also. Shame ,.

  • It’s probably because We, The People, are talking about things but fail to do anything before they cripple us.

  • It’s probably because We, The People, are talking about things but fail to do anything before they cripple us.

  • I really hope that we all know this not ok. !!!!!! My votes in. She’s fired. Look for another job.

  • I really hope that we all know this not ok. !!!!!! My votes in. She’s fired. Look for another job.

  • Outrageous. In a free society where taxpayer funds fund law enforcement, there must be very few secrets.

  • Outrageous. In a free society where taxpayer funds fund law enforcement, there must be very few secrets.

  • What, your description is totally not what I got from the interview, but ok TFTP.

  • What, your description is totally not what I got from the interview, but ok TFTP.

  • This is toally backwards.. Its not a free state if we do not know the truth.

  • This is toally backwards.. Its not a free state if we do not know the truth.

  • This can NOT be liked!

  • This can NOT be liked!

  • No

  • No

  • WHY DO I GET THE FEELING THIS GROUP IS MUSLIM?

  • WHY DO I GET THE FEELING THIS GROUP IS MUSLIM?

  • Wow

  • Wow

  • These people have forgotten who they work for and who pays them.

  • These people have forgotten who they work for and who pays them.

  • Outrageous

  • Outrageous

  • “If the Guardian and Killed by Police can keep track of this number for all of the departments in the US, then each department can certainly do it themselves.
    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/attorney-general-number-civilians-killed-cops-secret/#38VmQRqJWfZM8Z8j.99.”

  • “If the Guardian and Killed by Police can keep track of this number for all of the departments in the US, then each department can certainly do it themselves.
    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/attorney-general-number-civilians-killed-cops-secret/#38VmQRqJWfZM8Z8j.99.”

  • Taron C. Henton Sr what do you think about this? I mean, your boy nominated her. And now she’s making it a lot easier for things like ferguson to happen. Total politics….they say one thing until they’re in office, then they do the exact opposite.

    • Those are my thoughts exactly Mac. I’m sure she had grand fantasies of changing America and how it’s policed but all that shit goes out the window once they wake up as a full grown politician. I never count on any politician to be the change they claim they’re gonna be because once those with influence and special interest lean on em, they all start drooling and babbling incoherently.

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • I’m just wondering….who the hell leaned on her? Police unions?? This is about the most unpopular thing you could do right now with everything that’s been going on. But I’ll bet you don’t hear one blip about this from the mainstream media. She’s a Democrat, and they could NEVER call out a Democrat for something like this.

    • You’re right Mac. Dems never get called out. Last I remember before Benghazi was…..drum roll……The Clinton’s for Whitewater and Bill himself for the Lewinsky scandal. I just can’t see Lynch, as the nation’s highest ranked Law Official, calling out members of her own profession for more transparency, even in the name of the reduction of and a more thorough knowledge of how to prevent civil unrest like Ferguson. No one (so called blacks, whites, asians, Hispanics, etc etc) can count on politicians to act in our best interests.

    • You’re right. And the thing is, they KNOW how to minimize, if not outright prevent, civil unrest. But the media always tries to foment violence because it makes them money, and the politicians never do what is right, only what solidifies their own power. It’s pretty sad really. It’s pretty sad that you and I both wore a uniform, took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign AND domestic, even deployed to try and give other people freedom, and this is what we have at home. The biggest enemies to the Constitution right now are domestic.

  • Taron C. Henton Sr what do you think about this? I mean, your boy nominated her. And now she’s making it a lot easier for things like ferguson to happen. Total politics….they say one thing until they’re in office, then they do the exact opposite.

    • Those are my thoughts exactly Mac. I’m sure she had grand fantasies of changing America and how it’s policed but all that shit goes out the window once they wake up as a full grown politician. I never count on any politician to be the change they claim they’re gonna be because once those with influence and special interest lean on em, they all start drooling and babbling incoherently.

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • I’m just wondering….who the hell leaned on her? Police unions?? This is about the most unpopular thing you could do right now with everything that’s been going on. But I’ll bet you don’t hear one blip about this from the mainstream media. She’s a Democrat, and they could NEVER call out a Democrat for something like this.

    • You’re right Mac. Dems never get called out. Last I remember before Benghazi was…..drum roll……The Clinton’s for Whitewater and Bill himself for the Lewinsky scandal. I just can’t see Lynch, as the nation’s highest ranked Law Official, calling out members of her own profession for more transparency, even in the name of the reduction of and a more thorough knowledge of how to prevent civil unrest like Ferguson. No one (so called blacks, whites, asians, Hispanics, etc etc) can count on politicians to act in our best interests.

    • You’re right. And the thing is, they KNOW how to minimize, if not outright prevent, civil unrest. But the media always tries to foment violence because it makes them money, and the politicians never do what is right, only what solidifies their own power. It’s pretty sad really. It’s pretty sad that you and I both wore a uniform, took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign AND domestic, even deployed to try and give other people freedom, and this is what we have at home. The biggest enemies to the Constitution right now are domestic.

  • Another loser as Attorney General. Thank you, Mr. President, these two appointments are even worse than your appointments for Treasury Secretary.

  • Another loser as Attorney General. Thank you, Mr. President, these two appointments are even worse than your appointments for Treasury Secretary.

  • then they should not be worried when we stand in defense of our right to life .

  • then they should not be worried when we stand in defense of our right to life .

  • Fascist regimes lock down information.

  • Fascist regimes lock down information.

  • Too bad for them that F.O.I.A. exists.

  • Too bad for them that F.O.I.A. exists.

  • I thought the FBI were publishing the figures?

  • I thought the FBI were publishing the figures?

  • What?

  • What?

  • Why isn’t the Gun Control lobby screaming about THESE gun deaths?

  • Why isn’t the Gun Control lobby screaming about THESE gun deaths?

  • Doesn’t make sense, does it. Me, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the “inner circle” at Congress. No doubt your life and your family’s are at risk if you don’t toe the line.

  • Doesn’t make sense, does it. Me, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the “inner circle” at Congress. No doubt your life and your family’s are at risk if you don’t toe the line.

  • unreal a secret murder count .

  • unreal a secret murder count .

  • motivation; population controle!

  • motivation; population controle!

  • Do these system fucks just spend all their free time sucking each other off? What a load of shit. If we cannot trust them, then let’s make it so they cannot trust us. If it is a war they want so badly, let’s give them one. The only way justice will ever be done in this system is at the end of a gun barrel. Every citizen needs to open carry, so the cops know to fuck off before they attack a citizen.

  • Do these system fucks just spend all their free time sucking each other off? What a load of shit. If we cannot trust them, then let’s make it so they cannot trust us. If it is a war they want so badly, let’s give them one. The only way justice will ever be done in this system is at the end of a gun barrel. Every citizen needs to open carry, so the cops know to fuck off before they attack a citizen.

  • So much for freedom!

  • So much for freedom!

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  • Not a colour issue. Minority having power over the Majority.

  • Not a colour issue. Minority having power over the Majority.

  • WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH, JUSTICE OR ELSE – SEE YOU IN WASHINGTON ,D.C. 10/10/2015 https://www.justiceorelse.com/vision

  • WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH, JUSTICE OR ELSE – SEE YOU IN WASHINGTON ,D.C. 10/10/2015 https://www.justiceorelse.com/vision

  • If so many people are being killed by cops that they can’t keep track of it, that in itself is a problem.