Wielding data to investigate police misconduct

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Andrew Fan of Invisible Institute; Gina Kaufman of Detroit Free Press; Philip Stinson of Bowling Green State University; MaryJo Webster of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 3:30pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom I
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Learn how to harness data to uncover police misconduct — both on and off the job — in your community, and how to investigate whether the regulatory policies and organizations meant to stop bad behavior are actually working. Panelists will share their experiences fighting for data and building their own databases to watchdog law enforcement, and provide tips for you to do similar work in your community.

Speaker Bios

  • Andrew Fan is the data team lead at the Invisible Institute, a journalistic production company based on Chicago's South Side. The Invisible Institute publishes and maintains the Citizens Police Data Project (https://cpdp.co), a data tool that tracks complaints against Chicago police officers made between 2000 and 2016.

  • Gina Kaufman is an investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press, where she has worked since 2005. Before joining the investigative team, she covered crime and policing in Detroit. She has won awards for her work, including a Silver Gavel for an investigation about the Michigan Department of Corrections. She recently worked on an investigation into lax oversight of police officers who have committed serious misconduct. Gina is a graduate of Wayne State University.

  • Philip Stinson, J.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr. Stinson’s primary area of research is police behaviors, including police crime. His research has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CBC, BBC, Sky News, CCTV, and numerous other media outlets worldwide. @philstinson

  • MaryJo has been data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis for five years. Previously, she had stints with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Digital First Media and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She started her career as a reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. @MaryJoWebster

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