In the past, access to use-of-force data required a special request. This week, police have begun tabulating the information on the data dashboard of its website.
The Minneapolis Police Department has begun posting on its website details about police use of force incidents– information that previously required the filing of a data request. Minnesota Public Radio says the new resource includes information on what kind of force officers used, where the incidents happened and basic demographic information on the people who are the subjects of police force. Users can also find out what the officers reported as their reasons for using force. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said it is part of the department’s efforts to build community trust through greater transparency. “Too often in policing — our culture, our history — we’ve shielded our communities from this data,” he said. “They have a right to this data.”
Like a previous MPD data dashboard with traffic stop numbers, the use of force data show that African Americans are the frequent targets of police action. According to the database, there have been more than 700 incidents involving police use of force so far this year. The majority of the people who’ve been the subject of force are African American. The names of officers who use force are not included in the online database. However, the dashboard does include the years of service of officers involved in fatal and non-fatal shootings.