South Bend police data about force, citizen complaints to be publicly available

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a press conference Friday, July 8, 2016, on the city's response to the shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota. (Photo Supplied/ABC 57)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The mayor of South Bend says the city’s police department will begin releasing information about its use of force, citizen complaints and training.

Mayor Peter Buttigieg said Thursday that the releases will be part of an initiative led by the White House. Communities participating in the effort agree to publish data about the use of force and police accountability. Buttigieg says South Bend will start releasing data on the city’s open data portal over the coming months. He didn’t specify what information the department would release.

President Barack Obama‘s Task Force on 21st Century Policing inspired the White House Police Data Initiative, which includes nearly 130 communities.

Buttigieg says it’s “never been more important to use the power of information to build accountability and trust around law enforcement.”

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