This 2020 Dem Wants a National Database of Police Officers Involved in Shootings

Former
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro told The Atlantic that one of his top priorities as president would be
to “hold police departments and officers accountable.”

Castro
hopes to address issues like excessive use of force and unreported incidents of
office misconduct among police officers.

Perhaps
most controversially, Castro said he wants to establish
a federal database
that would track police-involved shootings.

“I
would like to see a database of officer-involved shootings, because we don’t
have a database right now,” he said. “I don’t believe the public should have to
rely on the efforts of journalists across the country, although those are noble
efforts. There should be a comprehensive federal database of officer-involved
shootings, of use of excessive force, and also, as I said in that plan, the
decertification of police officers.”

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements, which became polarizing forces in the 2016 election, Castro’s remarks about tracking police could prove controversial in 2020. However, these issues so far have taken a back seat to health care, immigration, and other topics.

Another plank of Castro’s plan would make it easier for police officers to report on one another.

“I’m
talking about using both the carrot and the stick incentives where there are
grant programs, and also laws to ensure that if one officer witnesses
another officer engaging in misconduct, that that officer—the witness—is
compelled to actually report that,” he said. “Because too often, those types of
things go unreported.”

When
pressed on whether the federal government can dictate policy for local police
departments, Castro doesn’t really answer.

“Well,
the way that I approach it is, we will do everything we can under the
Constitution to hold police departments and officers accountable,” he said. “And
where we need to use incentives [through] our federal grant process, we can use
that.”

Given
current poll data, it’s highly unlikely Castro will have the opportunity to
implement these policies. Castro’s RealClearPolitics
national polling average is 1.0 percent.

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