Tech Shift: Crowd-sourced database tracks police-involved shootings in the U.S. | WBEZ
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Tech Shift: Crowd-sourced database tracks police-involved shootings in the U.S.

There’s been increased attention around police shootings in the United States since the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson. And just last night two people were shot and killed by police in Chicago. But when Kyle Wagner and his colleagues at Deadspin tried to look up statistics on police-involved shootings, they found the United States doesn’t track them. So they decided to do it themselves. Deadspin is asking readers to research and submit reports of shootings to a crowd-sourced database. More than 1,000 reports have been submitted in less than a week, and a number of other groups have contacted them to help. Deadspin's Kyle Wagner joins us now to talk more about the project.

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