An overwhelming majority of police officers aren't power hungry abusers. But this type information should still be made available. Public institutions like the police are accountable to to the public, and should operate with maximum reasonable transparency. It is the public's right to have access to that information, so that any flaws in current procedures can be identified and fixed.
Yes, all deaths of individuals in police custody should be public record. While in custody, the safety and well-being of individuals are the responsibility of government officials (police, guards, etc.). Therefore, deaths or even serious injury should be public information much like other information about the actions of public officials.
Police officials should immediately report deaths and continue to release information as it becomes available. Failure to do so implies conspiracy and cover-ups that incite public discontent and mistrust of the police. Law enforcement officers who use excessive force or cause unnecessary death should be held accountable in courts of law just the same as any civilian citizen. The right to be considered innocent until proven guilty should include a basic civil right to protection from abuse while in custody.
It is very important that the details of the fatality records of those in police custody are released publicly. This will help in creating more responsibility in the police department and citizens will also be aware of the consequences of unnecessarily messing with those in the Police Department,It is good that Bernie Sanders has called for mandatory reporting of police-involved deaths
Fatality records of those in police custody should not be released publicly. This is nothing but political posturing by Sanders. Sanders seems to classify such acts as regular and recurring events among our police when the reality is the exact opposite. Time to stop looking at police as the bad guy and focus on real criminals.