Cities collect, store, analyze and disclose many different kinds of government data that are critical to understanding and addressing social inequality and racial justice. Advocates for equity can and must do more to demand more transparency from local authorities by working with cities to open up, close information gaps in their communities, and end data poverty.Continue reading
Keith Lamont Scott shooting demonstrates need for better police bodycam disclosure
After Keith Lamont Scott's tragic death in North Carolina, it demonstrated that we need better policies for releasing body camera video.Continue reading
Which states are passing effective legislation on police bodycams?
We decided to update that research to include the most recent legislative events, using the Open States API to track the progress and timing of those bills.Continue reading
D.C. debates body-worn cameras for police: A glimpse into many discussions to come
At a recent hearing of the D.C. Council, groups discussed whether the public should have access to video from body-cameras worn by police. The meeting set a precedent for the conversations that will soon play out across the country.Continue reading
How do we improve open data for police accountability?
We grant law enforcement and corrections departments the right to exercise more physical power over US citizens than we do to any other part of our government. Do we have the data we need to evaluate how they use it?Continue reading