Obama taskforce: Cops must report shootings to feds

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(THEGUARDIAN) — A taskforce convened by the president after the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August recommended on Monday that local law enforcement agencies be required to report to the federal government when their officers kill someone, according to draft recommendations posted online by the Department of Justice.

The recommendation was part of a broad call for criminal justice reform submitted by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. President Barack Obama has 30 days to direct the taskforce to do any final work before the panel is dissolved.

The president received the taskforce’s advice as his Justice Department prepared to issue its own report on Ferguson, which was expected to find that local police officers disproportionately targeted African Americans with traffic tickets, arrests and other fines, as a regular technique for balancing the city budget, according to advance reports.

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