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This New Database Is Tracking How Many Cops Are Charged With Crimes

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Just how common is police misconduct? It’s question that vexes researchers and journalists, and it’s been a source of endless argument in the nationwide debate over policing that has erupted in recent years. The problem is, no one can definitively say. There are roughly 18,000 police departments in the U.S., and no uniform reporting of when their officers are charged with crimes.

A new database launched Tuesday is attempting to change that.

The Police Crime Database, created by Bowling Green State University professor Philip Stinson, aims to track every instance when a police officer is charged with a crime. So far the project has identified 8,006 arrest incidents resulting in 13,623 charges against police officers in the U.S. between 2005 and 2011.

Among Stinson’s finding, which were first reported by Vice News Tuesday:

Police were most frequently charged with misdemeanor assault and driving under the influence. 1,219 officers were

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