In Newark, Open Data = Radical Transparency + Committed Leadership

NEW JERSEY, USA – For Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker, the controversial police practice of “stop-and-frisk” is a serious problem. Cops claim the practice is a vital tool against crime, while civil liberties groups claim that it unfairly targets minorities.

Booker’s solution? Radical transparency.

Every month, Newark will release stop-and-frisk incident reports, detailing the race, gender, age, forced used, and arrests made.

“It’s a win for police officers, because they’re able to gain the trust of community members,” says Udi Ofer, head of Newark’s American Civil Liberties Union.

“It’s a win for the public, because the public is then able to decipher whether there is any abuses taking place.”

Read the full article on TechCrunch.


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