Led by community partner Ian Mance at The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, this team is visualizing the data used to discuss racial profiling patterns in crime enforcement across police departments in NC. The website is meant to be a tool for Police Chiefs and the public for monitoring good community policing practices. See their 1hr presentation here

The technology development started in 2014 with 3 core members - Colin Copeland, Andy Shapiro, and Dylan Young. The project has been lauded by the White House Police Data Initiative, and officially launched to the public December 16, 2015.

Durham Police Department Annual Report - Basically the goal was to make this report interactive and easier to consume.

Project Activity

Update #4

Alejandra, Dylan, and Colin discussed mapping ideas for the Fayetteville data:

  • Race of stops compared to block demographics by census blocks
    • Determine if percentage is reasonable
    • Color/intensity indicates if area is over/under represented
    • Problem: commuters may not live in that census block
  • For a given stop cause that is typically inappropriate, color blocks based on relative percentage of types over stops in that block
    • Problem: highlights more busy roads

Update #3

  • Dylan continued to work on integrating Census data
  • Andy worked on integrating maps into pages with geolocation data
  • Elijah looked into alternative geolocation format Web Mercator
  • Uploaded .json file of Fayetteville data to Mapbox and experimented with different maps

Update #2

  • Attendees: Dylan, Dean, Andy and Elijah
  • Loaded 100,000+ Fayetteville geographic datapoints in json format to repo
  • Set up two new local instances

Caktus CTO Colin Copeland Helps Launch Open Data Policing Website

Today, at Caktus headquarters, CTO and co-founder of Caktus Colin Copeland will stand at a press conference along with activists, police representatives, and elected officials to announce the launch of The first site of its kind, draws on public records to publish up-to-date stop, search, and use-of-force data—broken down by race and ethnicity—for every police department and officer in the state of North Carolina. The volunteer effort, led by The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) and technical leadership by Colin, includes approximately 20 million anonymized data points from 15 years of NC traffic stop data.

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WRAL: Project puts racial disparity in NC traffic stops on display

By Tyler Dukes

RALEIGH, N.C. — A new project by a Durham-based nonprofit allows users to explore the racial disparities of traffic stops by law enforcement across the state – stops that disproportionately affect minority drivers.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice launched the website Open Data Policing NC, using more than 10 years of law enforcement data reported to the North Carolina Department of Justice. The site allows users to explore traffic stops broken down by race and ethnicity, as well as other statistics including use of force and discovery of contraband.

News organizations from The New York Times to the Greensboro News & Record have used the state’s data in the past year to show that black drivers – and particularly black males – are more likely to be stopped and searched by law enforcement on North Carolina roads.

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N&O: New website to offer data on police traffic stops in NC

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will launch on Thursday

UNC-Chapel Hill researcher says the website signals a ‘revolution in government transparency’

Initiative has support from the White House

DURHAM — A nonprofit civil rights organization – with support from the White House – will launch a website Thursday that will contain up-to-date information about nearly 20 million traffic stops made by every police department and every police officer in North Carolina over the past 15 years.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will launch Thursday morning in Durham. The website, the first of its kind in the United States, will rely on public records on police traffic stops, vehicle searches and use of force – broken down by race and ethnicity – since 2000.

The site was created through Caktus group and volunteer civic coders who are members of Code for Durham. Code for Durham will help expand the scope of the site through support from this volunteer group of technologists.

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Update #1

Kicking off Phase 2 w Fayetteville data:

  • Verified lat/lon conversions by spot checking a few entries against the associated street addresses
  • Started creating documentation for running conversion Python script on Mac/Linux
  • Research heatmap visualizations