PredPol is LAPD’s Racist Predictive Policing Program

Police departments have always used a range of technologies to facilitate their unjust targeting, overpolicing, and structural harm of Black and Brown communities. The Los Angeles Police Department uses one technology in particular, a predictive policing program called PredPol, to claim that their policing is objective and neutral. However, PredPol’s use of historic racist crime data, its focus on location-based policing in a violently segregated city, and its mere existence as a technology that must predict crime are all clear evidence to the contrary.

As part of Free Radicals’ partnership with Stop LAPD Spying coalition to dismantle PredPol and all other predictive policing programs used by the LAPD, we created a short 1-sheet zine that covers the basics of PredPol. Feel free to share widely – a download link can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

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Sophie Wang (aka shuf) is a second generation Chinese American zine gremlin who challenges our taken-for-granted assumptions about western science through multimedia forms ranging from comics to experiential exhibits. She draws from her postgrad training in Science and Technology Studies and her many years making art of widely varying quality. In her free (radical) time, she recommends the Remembrance of Earth’s Past scifi series to strangers, watches an embarrassing amount of Dota 2, and does development work for nonprofits. You can follow her at @wangshuf.

Adit Dhanushkodi Adit Dhanushkodi is a design researcher and critical technologist whose practice blends together design research methods with critical technology investigations as a way to explore questions about machine learning algorithms, predictive policing, and surveillance.