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The Feds Will Rely On Media Reports To Help Count In-Custody Deaths. Here's Why That's Problematic.

WASHINGTON ? The Justice Department needs to put pressure on law enforcement agencies to proactively report deaths of individuals as a result of police force or while in law enforcement custody and cannot get a full count by relying on media reports, a coalition of civil rights organizations wrote in a letter on Monday. Nearly 100 organizations say they are worried that the new proposal by federal officials to count in-custody deaths would fail to capture many killings by police officers, as well as that deaths of individuals in jail or in prison will be incomplete.
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