Data Set Chicago Police

Published on November 19th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Shining a Light on Police Misconduct

The Invisible Institute, a journalistic production company based in Chicago, has created the Citizens Police Data Project (CPDP), a database of 56,000 allegations of police misconduct filed against 8,500 police officers from the Chicago Police Department. Invisibile Institute co-founder Jamie Klaven had filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2007 to obtain these records of misconduct, but the city of Chicago had initially denied the request, leading to a seven-year legal battle that Klaven eventually won in 2014. The Chicago Police Department released the data to Klaven in a non-machine readable format in July 2014, and the Invisible Institute converted the data into a searchable and more usable format for CPDP with the help of Chicago civic technology company DataMade and the University of Chicago’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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