TN congressman proposes bill to collect police data

TN congressman proposes bill to collect police data
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A Memphis congressman is pushing for a way to keep track of deadly encounters with police.

U.S. Representative Steve Cohen spoke to Chris Hayes Tuesday night on MSNBC and said his bill would give a clear picture of just how often lethal force is being used across the country.

Cohen is proposing a bill that would close what he says is a federal loophole in national statistics. His bill would require all police departments to give the Justice Department demographics of both victim and officer every time deadly force is used.

It would also require agencies to report justification for any use of deadly force.

Cohen says getting those details is very important.

"Getting figures and putting limitations on the use of deadly force by departments or individuals who use it excessively are the most important thing government can do because the difference between life and death is the most important thing," Cohen said in the interview.

Current law requires the Attorney General to keep track of excessive force incidents, but doesn't define "excessive force."

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