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Fairfax County Board to scrutinize police data on use-of-force incidents

Posted on May 10,2019
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Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors wants more analysis of data that points to the disproportionate use-of-force against black individuals by county police. (Courtesy Tysons Reporter)
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By Tysons Reporter

FAIRFAX - Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors wants more analysis of data that points to the disproportionate use-of-force against black individuals by county police.

Two years ago, the Fairfax County Police Department released a study that found that 40 percent of use-of-force cases in 2015 involved black individuals.

In response to the study’s release, the board directed Police Auditor Richard Schott “to review the statistical disparity between the level of African-American use-of-force incidents and the African American population in Fairfax County,” according to the county.

Completed last year, Schott’s study on the police department data didn’t satisfy the supervisors’ questions.

“The report did not yield any clear causes based upon race, but noted additional evaluation of use-of force data would be needed for the following years,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said yesterday reading from the motion. She added FCPD has new procedures and trainings that might provide more useful data on use-of-force interactions.

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