Can Big Data Stop Bad Cops?
This article is part of an ongoing examination by The Washington Post
of fatal shootings by police. In 2015, The Post began tracking cases
nationwide and compiled a database of all fatal shootings by officers in
the line of duty. The project has expanded this year to include details
about the officers involved. View the 2016 database here.
The Justice Department’s investigation of Baltimore police this month
rebuked the agency for an entrenched culture of discriminatory
policing. Deep within their findings, Justice investigators singled out a
core failure: Baltimore’s system for identifying troubled officers was
broken and existed in name only.
In Baltimore, Justice found that
critical disciplinary records were excluded from its early intervention
system, that police supervisors often intervened only after an
officer’s behavior became egregious and that when they did, the steps
they took were inadequate....
...The problems with Baltimore’s early intervention system are not isolated
to police in that city. In numerous departments nationwide, police have
failed to use early intervention systems effectively, Justice has
found. Since 1994, 36 civil rights investigations by Justice discovered
that local agencies had deeply flawed early intervention systems or no
system in place at all, according to a review of those investigations by
The Washington Post."
View the DOJ Report