Statement regarding Ongoing Evaluation and Assessment of NPD Data
Recent publications reference our data and draw conclusions without analysis. We do not refute the raw information provided on our Open Data Portal. We are concerned, however, with the use of the data in over simplistic ways that tend to inflame emotions rather than inform. Refusing to differentiate, for example, the various types of force (from verbal commands and physical tactics through lethal force) tends to leave the impression that all force is the same and it always ends in tragedy. Policing requires finding a balance between recognizing the impacts institutional bias while also continuing to provide for public safety – including the safety of our marginalized community members.
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