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The dangerous rise of policing by algorithm

Minority Report-style predictive policing is not the answer to problems of police bias

By Sofia Lyall  
Hotspots: a police crime map of Birmingham. Credit: Alamy

Hotspots: a police crime map of Birmingham. Credit: Alamy

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing in America, there was a wave of renewed criticism of the police. In the US and the UK, deep mistrust fed into calls for budget cuts—“Defund the Police” was the rallying cry. Black Lives Matter UK placed police reform at the centre of the movement’s demands, emphasising the urgency in tackling racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. This week the heavy-handed response to protests after the murder of Sarah Everard has once again put the police—and their potential biases—under the spotlight. 

In response to BLM protests last summer, providers of…

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