Improving how the US maintains police records to promote transparency
News articles have emerged as a valuable alternative data source for police procedure. Organizations including The Guardian, The Washington Post, Mapping Police Violence, and Fatal Encounters have started to build such databases of U.S. police killings by manually reading millions of news articles1 and extracting victim names and event details. This approach was recently validated by a Bureau of Justice Statistics study which augmented traditional police maintained records with media reports, finding twice as many deaths compared to past government analyses. This suggests textual news data has enormous, real value, though manual news analysis remains extremely laborious.