MINNPOST (Minneapolis, MN), 13 OCTOBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Do Minneapolis police unfairly target people of color, or don’t they?
Your answer to that question these days may say something about your politics, but getting to the actual truth behind it is complicated.
But thanks to newly available data on stops, citations and other actions taken by Minneapolis police, broken down by race, it’s possible to at least put some numbers behind the public debate about race and policing. And those numbers are not available thanks to a data request by a media organization or a lawsuit — they’re part of a new dashboard that is being published by the Minneapolis Police Department itself, in an effort to improve transparency and accountability to the public.