Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bulletin: The Problem with "Forecasting" Crime: Civil Liberties Advocates Fear the Seattle Police Department's New Real Time Crime Center Will Rely on Racially Biased Data. "I couldn't find any local data on racial bias in 911 calls, but there's no disagreement that the calls are biased. To take one example: Earlier this year, a purported police officer complained on a national policing forum about a call he received of "suspicious activity." In fact, the activity was two black men trying to jump-start their car. "If you're going to be a racist, stereotypical jerk... keep it to yourself," he wrote. The post went viral."