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S. 1610 (115th): Walter Scott Notification Act of 2017

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A 2015 FBI investigation revealed that more than half the people killed by police went uncounted in the country’s official crime statistics.

In October 2016, mere weeks before the election, Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the creation of a federal database. However, this was not mandated by Congress or by law, allowing a potential future Justice Department to slow-walk the initiative or even overturn it — as Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to have done.

The lack of a federal database on shootings committed by police has caused others to cobble together their own based on news reports, most famously the Washington Post database which has documented 198 people shot and killed by police so far in 2018. They also found 987 people in 2017 …

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Tim Scott

Sponsor. Senator for South Carolina. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 20, 2017
Length: 6 pages
Jul 20, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 20, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Jul 20, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1610 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1610. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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