3 AELE’s commitment to mandatory reporting
On Nov. 20, 2014, the AELE board of directors voted unanimously to publish a 2015 AELE Monthly Law Journal article supporting mandatory police reporting of the use of lethal force. Chief Charles A. Gruber (Ret.) agreed to serve as the lead author and this is the result. 
The article is not intended to detract from or to support specific weapons, confrontational procedures or field tactics. It urges mandatory use of force reporting policies, collected by the federal and state governments.
As long ago as 1991, AELE called for a national reporting system on use of force and to include police misconduct. 
“Reporting on subjects of public interest is a common practice in the business world. For example, members of the public can read the number of complaints filed against a named airline per 10,000 passengers, and even compare the on-time performance of one airline versus another.
“Sadly, a police chief or sheriff does not have a benchmark to judge the number of citizen complaints per 100 officers of his department (in comparison) to other agencies in the same state or nationwide.
“While assaults and line-of-duty deaths of police officers are meticulously reported, the frequency of police use of firearms and nonlethal force is not nationally known or readily available for comparison purposes.”
AELE repeated its initial proposal after the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles and once again we are calling for mandatory reporting on police use of force. Notably, while this article was being developed there were a series of significant social unrest in numerous cities across America. The flashpoint again, is police use of force