Police Data Belongs to the People

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Police Data Belongs to the People

June 12, 2020 | by Clarence Wardell and Denice RossThe Boston Globe

Protestors across the nation are demanding change, and in an op-ed today, Clarence Wardell and Denice Ross urge one concrete step that local leaders can take immediately to improve transparency and accountability: release data sets regarding police department actions and demographics. As they quote Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, “This isn’t our data, it’s the people’s data.” Wardell, who is a member of the NCCD board, and Ross cofounded the White House Police Data Initiative in 2015; both continue efforts to use data for social change. The full op-ed is available here.