The actual reporting is going on in the Guardian, the only paper, and an English paper, that seems to honestly care about investigating the issue of trigger happy cops (as opposed to just highlighting individual cases of questionable shootings).
In the Atlantic piece, I think Conor Friedersdorf lets #BLM off the hook too easily. And it's worrisome when the left-wing media starts blaming the media:
Perhaps that’s partly because the Black Lives Matter narrative has dominated press coverage of police misconduct--in Kern County, most of the victims are Latino. But the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement affect a variety of communities, even if that’s not always acknowledged in the media.But a limitation of Black Lives Matter is a laser-like focus on state-against-black violence. Black Lives Matter can and should focus on whatever they want. Certainly blacks in America have specific and unique and legitimate grievances not shared by other minority groups. But the problem of bad and/or unnecessary police-involved killings affects a lot of poor America. But if one attempts to shift the focus to other communities by, say, substituting another word for "black," one faces immediate racial reprimand. Still, and to Black Lives Matter's credit, we wouldn't be talking about this at all were it not for #BLM.
Along with more investigative coverage in American papers, it would be nice to see more attention placed on where the problem seems to be worst (west of the Mississippi and in high Latino areas). The flip side of this is to look at departments, like the NYPD, that have have low rates of police-involved shootings. We have departments that could be used as case studies in best practices. But the police-are-the-bad-guys crowd can only see all police as an outlet for criticism.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: if we want to -- and we do want to -- reduce the number of black people shot by police, we need to reduce the number of people shot by police. On society's side this happens with reductions in overall violence. On the police side this happens with better hiring, training, and tactics.