Calls for better training, more police shooting transparency come after CPR news investigation

Colorado Public Radio: State elected officials want to make it easier for everyone to understand how often and why police officers shoot people — and Attorney General Phil Weiser wants to overhaul training around excessive force.

Police departments report some data to the Colorado Department of Public Safety annually about officer-involved shootings, but a CPR News investigation found the information doesn’t capture trends in how Colorado compares to other states, what kinds of drugs or substances the suspects may be on at the time of shootings, and how individual police departments compare with each other.

In fact, many in law enforcement were surprised by CPR News’ findings: that meth was a major driver, that the annual number of fatal shootings has doubled in recent years and several departments have shooting rates that are three times the statewide average.

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