PredPol uses an algorithm based on earthquake prediction to “predict crime.” Academics say it’s simplistic and harmful.
Crime-predicting software PredPol perpetuates discrimination, just like the discredited “broken windows” policing strategy, say digital rights advocates.
New media artist Elizabeth Mputu explores “police brutality, surveillance, and resistance,” in a series of multimedia portals.
With public confidence in US law enforcement at a 22-year low, people all over the country are teaming up to patrol their streets and train cameras on police to make sure they obey the law too.
Top cops like New York’s Bill Bratton command hefty salaries when they move to new cities, but many communities are now clamoring for more control of their police departments.
As one protester put it when describing the long-simmering tensions that led to violence in Baltimore, the city is divided between “haves” and “have-nots.”
Advocates and criminal justice experts describe the enormous number of misdemeanor arrests as part of the “broken windows” theory of policing, championed by NYPD Commissioner William Bratton.
Since 2003, Detroit's police department had been under the federal oversight of the US Department of Justice, and shaking its bad rap had been difficult.
The NYPD could have arrested Calvin Bryant any time—but they chose to do so at Eric Garner's funeral, after his death was ruled a homicide.