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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Stop-and-frisk map profiles New York City Police Department’s controversial practice

 
September 12th, 2013 by Susan Smith

New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop, question and frisk” practices have prompted a lot of press and speeches, zeroing in on just what the statistics are on these people who have been stopped. So far the percentages are as follows: 53 percent of the people stopped by the NYPD in 2012 were black, 89 percent were innocent, 0.5 percent resulted in an arrest.

This new interactive visualization of all the data related to stop-and-frisk policing in 2012 offers a bigger picture of those statistics through the spatial arrangement of data, rather than pie charts. Thomas Rhiel of the independent news site BKLYNR came up with an interesting way to explore the issue called “All the Stops.”

Stark Visualization Reveals the Who and Why of New York’s Stop-and-Frisk Policing Wired

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