Dallas Police Post New Online Database on Resistance to Force

Critic says important information still withheld

The Dallas Police Department posted a new online database Friday with information about all resistance to force incidents officers encounter.

It came as Chief David Brown attended a White House conference on 21st Century Policing to promote trust and accountability.

The database includes incidents involving Tasers and physical restraint, much broader than the Officer Involved Shooting data the department had posted before.

The new posting includes a map that shows incidents happen all over the city. Graphics show about a quarter of suspects and an eighth of officers in the incidents were injured last year. The information shows that officer-involved shootings have dropped dramatically the past two years after peaks in 2012, 2013 and 2014. There were more than 20 officer-involved shooting cases in each of those three years. There were 11 in 2015 and two so far in 2016.

"We've been asking for that for three years," said Mothers Against Police Brutality leader Collette Flanagan about the new information.

Her 25-year-old son Clinton Allen was killed by a Dallas officer. She started the organization, Mothers Against Police Brutality.

Flanagan said police are still not including complete information about the officers involved in the incidents.

"If you want to be transparent, where are those officers that killed? What happened to them? Are they still on the beat? Did they get psychological help? The transparency starts in our community," Flanagan said.

Chief Brown said use of force reforms were pushed after a July 2012 near-riot in the Dixon Circle neighborhood.

In addition to online postings intended to promote transparency and trust, Dallas police measures since 2012 restricted officer foot chases, promoted the use of Tasers as a deadly force alternative and added body cameras to record video of confrontations.

Flanagan's son was shot in March 2013.

She said online information about his case says the weapon police confronted were her son’s hands.

"He's not a professional fighter. He's not a professional boxer," she said. "If Chief Brown wants to be transparent, why wouldn't he sit down with Mothers Against Police Brutality, and lay it out. So that we can push it out to the families and communities that are affected."

The leaders of police officer organizations have attacked Brown's efforts to reduce the use of deadly force as contributing to the rise in violent crime this year by going too easy on criminals.

Police announced another trust promoting measure Friday. A new community outreach office will formally open next week at Southwest Center Mall.

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