Hey listen here suckas - the largest nationwide project detailing police abuse of power is about to go under. I'm not aware of any other organization that comes close to the scale and scope of this project. I know most of you guys & gals don't have $5 to spare - but some of you do. Cough it up! |
From Injustice Everywhere:
Did you know that the last time the US government bothered to gather any information about the problem of police misconduct in the United States was in 2002?
Even then, the study they did only covered 5% of the police departments in the US and, on top of that, participation was only voluntary and relied on what police departments were willing to report about misconduct within their own ranks.
One of the biggest obstacles in the way towards solving the problem of police brutality and misconduct is a fundamental lack of information about police misconduct.
The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), established in April of 2009, is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental project devoted to help resolve that problem. The NPMSRP gathers data on police misconduct through reports of misconduct made available through the media and generates statistical and trending information based on those reports.
The project analyzes media reports several times a day to locate reports of police misconduct, records those reports in a database, and then transmits details about each report in a publicly available social media news feed on Twitter.
At the end of each quarter the database is scanned to ensure all recorded reports are not duplicates of reports already gathered and meet all criteria for valid police misconduct reports. Those reports are then categorized and analyzed to produce quarterly and annual police misconduct statistical reports that are then posted on this site along with a copy of the database entries for that report to ensure that the data used for the reports is transparent and publicly reviewable.
At the end of each year a special aggregate statistical report is generated and posted to the site to examine long-term statistical information gathered by the NPMSRP with additional detailed analysis including localized misconduct ranking information and statistical trending data. The annual aggregate reports include detailed per-capita misconduct rates and comparisons between law enforcement agencies for analysis as well.
In addition to these statistical and trending reports, the NPMSRP also produces additional police misconduct-related stories and policy analysis on the site for public consumption while also performing outreach and advocacy for police misconduct victims.
While the use of media reports as a source of data for the NPMSRP is an imperfect solution, there are none better at this time since a vast majority of police departments do not release misconduct data and state laws in many locations eve prohibit the sharing of such data. Additionally, utilizing court records only gives us cases where officers were prosecuted or faced civil action while neglecting data from disciplinary actions taken against officers in the absence of other actions.
The fact of the matter is that, while our solution is imperfect, none are perfect and this is the only project currently attempting to track misconduct on a national scale... so, while imperfect, the NPMSRP can still help identify trends and potential trouble-spots for police misconduct while also providing the public with a better picture to how extensive police misconduct in the US might actually be and how that relates to their lives where they live.
Police misconduct, accountability, and transparency are issues that affect everyone in the US. The more information we have about these issues, the more we can do to help law enforcement agencies improve how they interact with the communities they are entrusted to protect and serve and, in doing so, help build better relationships of trust between the community and law enforcement agencies.