Uber Stands By Driver Screening Process After Deadly Shootings in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Even critics of Uber’s background checks say nothing could have prevented Jason Dalton from allegedly killing six people on Saturday night.

An Uber driver accused of killing six people in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Saturday night has resurfaced ongoing safety concerns with the ride-hailing company.

Jason Dalton allegedly shot and killed six seemingly random people while driving, and even picked up passengers after shootings, according to the Kalamazoo County prosecutor.

In light of the shootings, Uber has stood by its driver screening process, as detailed in an ABC News report. Dalton had cleared the company’s background check and did not have a criminal record prior to the alleged shootings.

“No background check would have flagged or anticipated this situation,” said Uber security chief Joe Sullivan.

Critics of the company’s screening process agree that the case of Dalton could not have been predicted. However, they still say Uber should take a harder look at potential drivers to ensure riders’ safety.

Earlier in February, Uber had to pay $28.5 million over two lawsuit settlements that alleged the company misled customers about safety procedures and fees. Two other lawsuits against the company say Uber’s background checks failed to halt the hire of several felons, according to the report.

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