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Civil Rights and Tech Advocates Sound Alarm on Racial Bias in ‘Predictive Policing’

Data & Society, with 16 other organizations, signed “a sweeping rebuke to the use and misuse of predictive policing products by police departments as the technology and policy firm Upturn released a report on the topic.”

The 17 organizations signed a shared statement of civil rights concerns about the systemic flaws, inherent bias, and lack of transparency endemic to predictive policing products and their vendors. The groups point out how these products exacerbate deep dysfunction and disproportionate policing practices that are “systemically biased against communities of color and allow unconscionable abuses of police power.”