Georgians can compare the successes and failures of most government services when deciding where to live, but residents can’t easily know if their police department has a good track record when it comes to killing or seriously injuring people. 

Without authoritative data to inform better police practices, criminal justice reform is difficult to craft, let alone measure. Crime and police violence have become major stories in the U.S., but Georgians are still in the dark when it comes to the behavior of their own police.

There’s no official database of police shootings and serious use-of-force incidents in the state of Georgia, despite years of advocacy by activists and police officials.

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