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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Predictive policing may help bag burglars—but it may also be a constitutional problem"

From the ABA Journal:

Imagine a police officer at roll call. He gets a printout stating that at a certain time, on a particular city block, there’s a certain percentage chance that a burglary will take place. Motivated by the odds, the officer heads over to that neighborhood around that very time. While there, he spots a man carrying a black bag.

Does the printout, combined with the officer’s observations, amount to reasonable suspicion such that the man could be appropriately stopped and searched? That’s just one example of the constitutional questions raised by the new, data-based approach to public safety known as predictive policing.

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