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Criminal justice experts discuss police shootings

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University of New Haven criminal justice professor Dr. John DeCarlo says universal training may be one of the keys to solving the issue.. (WSFB) University of New Haven criminal justice professor Dr. John DeCarlo says universal training may be one of the keys to solving the issue.. (WSFB)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) -

Criminal justice experts in the state are working to determine what can be done to decrease officer-involved deaths.

The recent shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana have sparked a national debate over race relations.

There have been questioned raised over whether African-Americans are shot more often than white people.

It has also been asked if and what police reform can fix the problem.

University of New Haven criminal justice professor Dr. John DeCarlo says universal training may be one of the keys to solving the issue.

"We have to find out why because we have to find out what we can do about it. Unless we know why, then we can't fix the problem," said DeCarlo.

According to data by the Washington Post, there has been an increase in fatal police shootings by 6%. 

There were 491 fatal police shootings in the first six months of 2016 compared to 465 in 2015.

Although there were more white people shot by police, whites make up 63% of the population and blacks only make up 12%.

"The majority are white but based on the representation of the 12% representation of African Americans in the population, the argument is make that there is a disparate impact. A disproportionate of African-Americans that suffer violence," said DeCarlo.

However, the data also showed there was an increase in officers shot and killed in the line of duty.

DeCarlo said that an option for working to solve the issue is having universal training for officers.

"We have 700,000 cops working for 18,500 cities. It is home rule. There is no federal oversight for police, there is no one agency that you go to that says okay, this is the way we're gonna train all cops now so we know what to do, but how do we do it," said DeCarlo.

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