what questions do i have about police brutality that might warrant additional research
For months now, politicians have invoked King’s legacy to implore black citizens to stay peaceful in the face of routine violence. The irony of this plea seems lost on its askers, but it does fall in line with a question that’s haunted Black Lives Matter protesters for the past 10 months, namely, “What’s going to happen next?”
More than 100 colleges and universities and over 20 school districts have access to this equipment as well. Its cumulative worth today stands at $727 million.
One main public concern around law enforcement use of AI and other emerging technologies is in the area of facial recognition. As of 2016, over half of the faces of American adults were part of facial recognition databases accessible to law enforcement. Yet, not everyone is worried about this deployment. Over 50% of people trust police’s use of facial recognition, and nearly 75% believe that facial recognition accurately identifies people. There are, however, important demographic differences. About 60% of white respondents compared to slightly over 40% of Black respondents trust police’s use of facial recognition. Age shows a similar gradient, but not in the expected direction. People under 30, compared to people over 65, are less trusting of the use of facial recognition in policing. Young adults’ skepticism may be because they have more knowledge about the capabilities of AI to manipulate actual video footage and alter what the person is saying and doing.
This report from The Brookings Institution’s Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology (AIET) Initiative is part of “AI and Bias,” a series that explores ways to mitigate possible biases and create a pathway toward greater fairness in AI and emerging technologies.
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Nicholas J. Richardson, RTI International, 3040 E. Cornwallis Rd, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
I write this as an African American male and as a retired police officer.
I find it interesting that as a profession we want to boycott Beyonce, Colin Kaepernick, and any other of the many professional athletes who have taken a stand to protest the actions of police in this country. Are we collectively so sensitive that we find it acceptable to ignore another citizen’s fundamental right to peacefully protest? I will ask another question: If you were called to work a Ku Klux Klan rally, would you protest that and not go to work? What is the difference?
Several recommendations have also been offered to counteract serious concerns about racial bias in policing, including recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce 69,78,79 ; implementation of an evidence-based training curriculum to help officers understand and counteract potential bias 78–80 ; supervision focused on eliminating discriminatory behavior 78 ; and community policing strategies to increase positive interactions between police and community members and build trust (rather than restricting police contact to conflict-oriented interactions). 69,79,81
The need for effective strategies to reduce preventable legal intervention fatalities has resulted in numerous recommendations from policing organizations, policy-makers, federal and state agencies, researchers, and concerned communities. One recommendation has been to increase training in tactical disengagement and conflict de-escalation. 2,58 Recent reports have called for restructuring police culture around the core principle of sanctity of all human life, emphasizing the need to “slow the situation down” or tactically disengage as an alternative to the current model of “never back down, move in and take charge.” 2,58 Several police departments around the U.S. are currently implementing training in tactical disengagement, de-escalation, and preservation of life, some modeled on programs in other countries like the United Kingdom, that have successfully reduced their use of force. 2,19 Related approaches may include changes to training or policy on use of less than lethal force technologies, such as chemical sprays or conducted energy devices, to control or incapacitate combative individuals, with some evidence suggesting decreased officer and civilian injuries associated with agency adoption of these tools. 32,69–71 Further research is needed to assess the effectiveness of these approaches in reducing both civilian and LE injuries.