Vice News, a progressive media conglomerate out of New York, recently garnered a lot attention for a far-reaching news story on the number of times since 2010 that members of the 50 largest U.S. police departments reportedly shot at someone while on duty.

Notably missing from the story were key data on the number of Detroit police shootings, fatal and otherwise. According to Vice News, Detroit’s police department said it would take 3,120 business days – equivalent to 12 years – and at least $77,532 to provide records that, in the words of the media outlet, “other departments made available online for free.”

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