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How Many Die in Police Custody? We Should Know

The attorney general should push for better reporting of deaths by states.
She can do more.

She can do more.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

With every video that surfaces of questionable or shocking police conduct, at least two questions arise. The first is how exactly each incident happened. The second is how common such incidents are.

The first question can be addressed though investigation, which can surprise both police and their critics, and eventually through better training. The second question is more straightforward -- and the lack of an answer is unacceptable.