May 11 2013

Police misconduct database updated

Dr. Q

When I started this site, I created a database of police misconduct incidents that occurred in Massachusetts during 2009 and 2010. To create the database, I took simply took research by David Packman, the founder of the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, and organized it on this website.

As I said in another blog entry earlier today, one of my goals with this website is to expand and improve this database. Today, I spent much of my day reviewing police misconduct stories for 2013. As with the old 2009 and 2010 reports, I used research by the NPMRP. I also reviewed the Twitter feed of Myong Joun, a Massachusetts-based attorney who specializes in police misconduct. Joun frequently posts news articles about police misconduct and I found 7 stories that were missed by the NPMRP in his Twitter feed. I also found another recent misconduct story that hasn’t been picked up by NPMRP yet. (I emailed NPMRP about these stories so they can add the stories to their database too.)

All the 2013 reports have been added to the database. I also temporarily pulled all 2009 and 2010 reports. I will be adding reports for 2012 next, then 2011, then I will go back and review all the old reports and re-add them to the database. And, of course, I will also continue to add more 2013 reports as they come in.

If you know of a police misconduct story that occurred during the past year, please check the database to see if it’s been added yet. If not, please send me a link to a news story about the incident. I can be reached on Twitter or Facebook or you can email me using the “Contact” page.