By Alan Maimon
© 2011, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: Nov. 28, 2011 | 12:00 a.m.
Looking for the number of burglaries last year in Devils Lake, N.D.? How about the increase in property crimes in Caribou, Maine? The answers (34 and
23 percent, respectively) are readily available from the FBI.
Want detailed information on how many people were shot by police in the United States last year?
That's not so easy to find.
The nation's leading law enforcement agency collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, but missing from this clearinghouse are
statistics on where, how often, and under what circumstances police use deadly force. In fact, no one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most
significant act police can do in the line of duty: take a life.
"We don't have a mandate to do that," said William Carr, an FBI spokesman in Washington, D.C. "It would take a request from Congress for us to
collect that data."
Congress, it seems, hasn't asked.
Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear about a police shooting, all too often with the "suspect" handcuffed in a cop car that ends up being
reported as a suicide.
Hmmm what do you think, maybe another harshly written whitehouse petition? Letters to our 85% disapproved congress critters?
Nah, we'll just blame gun owners, they're dangerous.