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‘Red Flags’ as New Documents Point to Blind Spots of NYPD ‘Predictive Policing’

‘Red Flags’ as New Documents Point to Blind Spots of NYPD ‘Predictive Policing’

NYPD predictive policing flawed

The New York Police Department, working mostly in secret with private  companies and in-house data scientists, has developed its own  crime-forecasting technology.

A new tranche of previously unseen documents,  provided exclusively to the Daily Beast, offer the deepest look to date  at the NYPD’s efforts at so-called predictive policing—a technique that  independent researchers and academics have excoriated for  “tech-washing” racially biased policing methods by using algorithmic  analysis of flawed data to offer a veneer of objectivity to justify  objectionable law enforcement tactics.

The efforts began in 2014, under former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who has labeled crime forecasting “the wave of the future,”  and who had initiated one of the earliest and most advanced predictive  policing programs during his term leading the Los Angeles Police  Department.

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