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California police departments will track use of force

Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 20:27:12-04

All California police departments will now have to track any case where they use force. 

Whether that entitled a broken bone, or ended with a fatality, officers will now have to report them all. 

They will be doing this through a site called URSUS. Until today, California police departments only tracked deaths in custody and they did so by using paper forms. Non-lethal uses of force have never been tracked. 

This decision comes after scrutiny from the public and politicians. Earlier today, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters stressed for greater transparency especially within rogue police departments. 

"The members of the Congressional Black Caucus will not rest until we have determined that you are using the full power of your office and performing the fullness of your duty to bring about fairness and justice to victims, families and communities who have suffered for far too long at the hands of law enforcement." 

The hope is that this data will help departments make key changes sooner rather than later. 

23ABC contacted local departments and both the Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff's Office say they did not immediately have information on today's development.