Fuller weighs in on use-of-force records for NC Watchdog Reporting Network

The article focused on how North Carolina law enforcement agencies keep record of and report use of force.

A recent article on the use of force by law enforcement agencies across the state of North Carolina features insight from Brooks Fuller, director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and Sunshine Center and assistant professor of journalism.

The article, How Do Police Use Force In NC? Most Agencies Won’t Say, was produced by the NC Watchdog Reporting Network and published by North Carolina Public Radio station WUNC. The piece investigates why North Carolina law enforcement agencies often refuse to be transparent about how they use force when policing their communities.

In the article, Fuller explains why law enforcement agencies cannot always cite state law provisions to shield use-of-force records from public view.

“There’s perhaps, nothing more important than being able to hold power accountable when that power source – in this case police officers – has the ability to use deadly force against citizens,” Fuller told the NC Watchdog Reporting Network. “So it’s crucial that the public be informed of how well police departments are meeting their obligations to protect people in our communities.”

Read the entire article here.