POLICE OFTEN KEEP USE OF FORCE INFORMATION HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC VIEW

  1. Baltimore, Houston, St. Louis, and New York police departments do not make their use of force policies available online

  2. Many police departments redact significant portions of their use of force policies before making them public

  3. Only three of the seventeen police departments in our analysis require police to report every time they used force, including incidents where police point a firearm at civilians.

  4. Minneapolis, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Seattle police departments do not post police shootings data online. Other police departments, including Philadelphia and Houston, routinely refuse to release the names of people their officers kill.


Examples of Redacted Use of Force Policies

Houston Police Department


El Paso Police Department