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Bill would force police to report data on deaths

Posted at 8:11 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 11:41:48-04

Police departments would have to report more about arrests and the deaths of people in custody under legislation pending in the New York state Legislature.

Advocates for criminal justice reform and their legislative allies detailed the bill Tuesday.

The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Sen. Daniel Squadron, both Democrats, would require police departments to follow a single, statewide process for reporting information about everyday arrests -- as well as cases in which a person is killed while in custody.

The arrest information would include the race, age and gender of the suspect, where they were arrested, and whether they were held following their arrest or released.

Advocates say the state needs more information to determine whether minorities are treated differently by police.