National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project

[November 2012 update: Earlier this year, the project got something like the resources it deserves, having been adopted by the Cato Institute.  The new link is http://www.policemisconduct.net/, with browsers apparently being forwarded from the old link. The text below is unedited since it was originally posted.]

A very impressive volunteer statistical effort, injustice everywhere simply summarizes and tallies reports of one kind of injustice in one country, specifically police misconduct in the United States.  Certainly a big enough category, it turns out.  For the first three quarters of 2010, a total of 3814 reports, involving 4966 police officers and sheriff’s deputies.   Sounds like a lot of misconduct, tho actually less than 1% of the country’s government-employed law enforcement people.

All information is from published reports, and a link to each (a dozen or more most days) is provided.  “National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project” seems to be the overall project name, but a bit ponderous for a URL.

This is one of those things that somebody ought to do, and fortunately somebody does.   It’s really something the government should be doing, or, if you don’t trust the government, perhaps a university.  Or, if you don’t trust entrenched university staff, it falls to independent scholars, and that’s what we’ve got.

It really deserves more resources, so that systematic data-gathering, analysis and followup could be done.  Those of us with a few extra dollars can help, especially if we do not itemize our tax deductions. Injustice Everywhere hasn’t yet managed to jump thru the hoops to charitable status certification. There’s a donation link near the top of their web site.

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