Department of Justice announces plan to collecting police shooting and violence data

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department finally announced it will start collecting data nationwide on police shootings and other violent interactions with the public, two years after Congress passed legislation requiring it to.

The new measure also includes tracking deaths that happen while in custody.

Relationships with communities and police have been tense after what seems like one example of excessive force after another.

James Comey, Director of the FBI, already expressed his own frustration last year that the best data for tracking these events comes from the news media.

Still, critics point out that some of the reporting still relies on local police voluntarily submitting the data without a clear punishment for failure to comply.

Some seem to think it's a step in the right direction, while others want to see a little more action, not just evaluation.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the plan and said this data is essential in rebuilding trust between law enforcement officials and communities they serve.

More data is great, but actually doing something about it - that's what some communities are really waiting for.