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Why it’s so hard to find accurate policing data

27 Jul 2020

Old IT systems and incomplete data sets make it hard to track things such as arrests and use of force.

Americans are obsessed with data—from daily COVID-19 infections, to the presidential horse race, to unemployment numbers. But starkly absent from these daily accountings are policing figures. Instead of comprehensive data on arrests or use of force, we get individual stories about police officers abusing their power, using excessive force, or being fired from one department only to be hired by another.


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