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Police Misconduct: Tracked

Post by Flex » 28 Jul 2010, 12:43am

It's an imperfect method, but the results gathered are still pretty danged interesting:

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The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP) was started in March of 2009 as a method of recording and analyzing police misconduct in the United States through the utilization of news media reports to generate statistical and trending information about police misconduct in the United States.

As part of this project, credible reported incidents of misconduct are aggregated into a publicly available news feed and then added into an off-line database where duplicate entries and updates are removed and remaining unique stories are categorized for the statistical information which is presented in this report.

While the use of news reports to generate statistical data may seem strange, keep in mind that police departments do not normally release any detailed information about disciplinary matters, and sometimes they don’t release any information at all. The use of court records by themselves would only garner information about misconduct cases that were successfully prosecuted and would miss confidential settlements and cases of misconduct that were not prosecuted but did result in internal disciplinary action. Therefore, the use of media reports, while not perfect, represents the most efficient method of data gathering available at this time.
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According to this, the police sexually assault people at a higher rate than the general public. Does this count as appropriately FUN for these boards?
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Re: Police Misconduct: Tracked

Post by Spiff » 28 Jul 2010, 12:41pm

So, high-density population centers have the worst cops, or North Dakota cops are just nicer? :shifty:
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Spiff wrote:So, high-density population centers have the worst cops, or North Dakota cops are just nicer? :shifty:
Well, there are more cops in high-density population centers, so more chance for abuse. Also, I guess when there's only one person every billion miles or so - like in NoDak - it takes a lot of time for the cops to go from person to person and abuse them.
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Re: Police Misconduct: Tracked

Post by matedog » 28 Jul 2010, 12:43pm

Some of Arizona looks a little suspicious.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 Jul 2010, 12:43pm

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Spiff wrote:So, high-density population centers have the worst cops, or North Dakota cops are just nicer? :shifty:
Well, there are more cops in high-density population centers, so more chance for abuse. Also, I guess when there's only one person every billion miles or so - like in NoDak - it takes a lot of time for the cops to go from person to person and abuse them.
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Post by HaydenWar » 28 Jul 2010, 12:58pm

The only red area in PA is a county of somewhere around 85,000 people and nowhere near the major cities :twitch:

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Post by Wolter » 28 Jul 2010, 12:58pm

HaydenWar wrote:The only red area in PA is a county of somewhere around 85,000 people and nowhere near the major cities :twitch:
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Re: Police Misconduct: Tracked

Post by Spiff » 28 Jul 2010, 3:06pm

Flex wrote:
Spiff wrote:So, high-density population centers have the worst cops, or North Dakota cops are just nicer? :shifty:
Well, there are more cops in high-density population centers, so more chance for abuse. Also, I guess when there's only one person every billion miles or so - like in NoDak - it takes a lot of time for the cops to go from person to person and abuse them.
That's exactly my point. Because this map doesn't take into account population density (and therefore, as you point out, cop density), it's just essentially plotting the high-population density areas of the U.S.

Show me a map of abuses per capita, or abuses divided by the number of cops in a defined area (county or ZIP Code), and then that will tell me if there is a higher percent of "thumpers" among cops in NYC or in NoDak.

It's all about percentages, man...
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Post by Flex » 28 Jul 2010, 3:09pm

Spiff wrote:That's exactly my point. Because this map doesn't take into account population density (and therefore, as you point out, cop density), it's just essentially plotting the high-population density areas of the U.S.

Show me a map of abuses per capita, or abuses divided by the number of cops in a defined area (county or ZIP Code), and then that will tell me if there is a higher percent of "thumpers" among cops in NYC or in NoDak.

It's all about percentages, man...
That map is provided if you follow the link, along with a wealth of further data. I just posted the first map on the page.
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Re: Police Misconduct: Tracked

Post by Spiff » 28 Jul 2010, 3:51pm

Flex wrote:
Spiff wrote:That's exactly my point. Because this map doesn't take into account population density (and therefore, as you point out, cop density), it's just essentially plotting the high-population density areas of the U.S.

Show me a map of abuses per capita, or abuses divided by the number of cops in a defined area (county or ZIP Code), and then that will tell me if there is a higher percent of "thumpers" among cops in NYC or in NoDak.

It's all about percentages, man...
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Re: Police Misconduct: Tracked

Post by Rat Patrol » 28 Jul 2010, 4:07pm

Judging by that lone Northeast blotch of orange in Middlesex County I'm gonna chalk that up to you can't turn off your inner Masshole driver even when you're an on-duty state trooper. Rush hour on 128 transcends the thin blue line.
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Post by eumaas » 28 Jul 2010, 5:01pm

What we need is a federal agency making sure everyone gets equally abused.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 Jul 2010, 5:18pm

eumaas wrote:What we need is a federal agency making sure everyone gets equally abused.
Cue a right-wing libertarian rant about paying more taxes than anyone in history, or how not being able to wave a pistol during a parent-teacher interview proves that Obama is worse than Hitler.
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Post by Flex » 28 Jul 2010, 5:22pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
eumaas wrote:What we need is a federal agency making sure everyone gets equally abused.
Cue a right-wing libertarian rant about paying more taxes than anyone in history, or how not being able to wave a pistol during a parent-teacher interview proves that Obama is worse than fun.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 Jul 2010, 5:26pm

Inder's getting cute.
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