The Heat discusses crowd sourcing police brutality figures

The Heat

Protests in the United States over police treatment of minorities and allegations of excessive force, especially in the African American community. Critics are calling for more transparency and accountability from law enforcement. With no national database in the United States to track civilian deaths by law enforcement agencies it’s difficult to determine the true scope of this issue.

Some groups are using social media and crowd sourcing methods to compile data on deaths in police custody. U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind making body cameras mandatory for police officers. The U.S. Justice Department plans to spend 20 million dollars to get body cameras on more local police nationwide. But critics want to know if any of these changes will lead to more accountability and transparency from police.

The Heat began its discussion with these experts:

  • From Nevada, D. Brian Burghart, the creator of “Fatal Encounters,” a crowdsourced database he’s assembled of deaths caused by law enforcement authorities.
  • Marc Harrold, an attorney and former police officer.
  • Jarret Lovell is a criminologist who has written books about the criminal justice system in the U.S.
  • Trial attorney Debbie Hines, she was once a prosecutor in Baltimore, a place that’s been in the headlines in the last few weeks.

The discussion continued on the accountability of U.S. police involved in civilians deaths.