Justice Department Authorizes National Use Of Force Data Collection
October 14, 2016
Justice Department Reveals Plan Enabling Nationwide Collection of Use of Force Data; U.S. Retail Sales Increased 0.6% in September; U.S. Producer-Price Index Rose 0.3% in September.
- Justice Department Reveals Plan Enabling Nationwide Collection of Use of Force Data. On Thursday, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that the Department of Justice will take steps to enable the nationwide data collection on law enforcement interactions with civilians, including data related to the use of force by law enforcement officers. The plan includes a variety of different initiatives. The FBI has been working with local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies to develop a National Use of Force Data Collection program, announcing a proposed pilot program last week in the Federal Register. The pilot study will evaluate the effectiveness of the methodology used to collect the data and the qualification of information collected. Earlier this summer, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) issued a draft proposal outlining its plan for collecting death-in-custody date from state and local law enforcement agencies. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) also requires federal law enforcement agencies to report information on deaths that occur during interactions with federal law enforcement agencies or in their custody, starting with Fiscal Year 2016 data. The department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office announced a Police Data Initiative, a data transparency project initiated by the White House in 2015, which requires participating law enforcement agencies to publicly release at least three policing datasets. These datasets can include data on stops and searches, uses of force, officer-involved shootings, and other police actions. [DOJ]
Economic Indicators & News
- U.S. Retail Sales Increased 0.6% in September. Sales at retail stores, online retailers and restaurants rose 0.6% in September from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted $459.82 billion in September, according to the Commerce Department on Friday. Sales had declined 0.2% in August while sales rose 0.1% in July. Spending on motor vehicles and gasoline boosted overall sales. Excluding the automotive category, retail sales rose 0.5% in September and excluding both automotive and gasoline purchases, September sales were up 0.3% from August. Compared with a year earlier, total retail sales in September were up 2.7%, unadjusted for inflation. Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity as measured by gross domestic product. [WSJ]
- U.S. Producer-Price Index Rose 0.3% in September. According to the Labor Department on Friday, the producer-price index for final demand, which measures changes in the prices that U.S. companies receive for their goods and services, increased 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis in September compared with the prior month. Excluding the food and energy sectors, which often have volatile prices, the index rose 0.2% last month. The overall index was up 0.7% in September from a year earlier, the largest annual increase in the producer-price index since December 2014. When excluding food, energy and a volatile measure of wholesaler and retailer margins known as trade services, prices were up 1.5% from a year earlier. [WSJ]