Police Significantly Underreport Officer-Involved Shooting
The California Department of Justice reports 1,046 deaths from officer-involved shootings between 2006 and 2015. But when researchers from the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University searched through public records available online, they were able to find and confirm 1,472 killings in that same period — 426 more deaths than the official number tallied by state authorities from mandatory police reports.
California and Texas are the only two states in the country with mandatory reporting requirements for officer-involved shootings. In California, the law requires local police to report a police shooting to the Office of the Attorney General within 10 days after the death.
Police in Texas underreported the number of deaths from officer-involved shootings by 26 percent.