Justice Department to Track Use of Force by Police

Justice Department to Track Use of Force by Police Across U.S. – as published by The New York Times on Oct. 13, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department announced that it will be developing an initiative to track the use of force by police due to the lack of government data and the series of protests that have ensued since 2014. The department will begin collecting nationwide data early next year. The article explains that law enforcement and government officials have yet to have an educated conversation about the issue of the use of force by police because of a lack of data. In the past two years, the news media has done a better job of tracking police shootings than the government. The Justice Department is authorizing $750,000 towards this initiative┬áthat is “designed to help local departments collect and publicly release information on a wider range of actions, including stops of citizens, searches, the use of force, shootings and other encounters.” Since the initiative depends on local departments voluntarily giving up this kind of information, the main concern is how the department will impose penalties on states that do not cooperate.

This is an important article because it puts the past years of protests against police brutality into perspective. Citizen unrest as boiled over in this nation due to the violent and visible injustices that have occurred involving police officers. Data is important to this conversation because it acknowledges a problem and gives way for further action and change to occur. However, it is troubling how long the federal government took to implement this.

This story consists of conflict and human interest. It was well-written and contained some good direct and partial quotes. police-brutality


Obama defends Colin Kaepernick

Obama: Colin Kaepernick ‘exercising constitutional right’ – as posted on CNN on Sept. 5, 2016

After a huge debate broke out in the media about San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick not standing for the pledge of allegiance at a football game, President Barack Obama came to his defense on Monday┬áduring a news conference at the G20 summit in China. Obama said that it is Kaepernick’s constitutional right to protest and speak his mind. The article also states that this was not the first time that Kaepernick did not stand for an American salute. By not standing up he is acknowledging police violence against African Americans in the U.S. – it’s called civil disobedience!

This article is important because Obama is stressing that by not standing for the pledge of allegiance, Kaepernick is using his constitutional freedom. I think this is especially important for millennials to read because Obama was highlighting that this is one of the many ways that young people can be engaged in the democratic process. Kaepernick’s actions sparked a worldwide political argument and it also started some conversations about issues in the U.S.

There are many spelling and grammatical errors in this story as if the reporter was writing too fast. It takes away from the story.