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Over the past 13 years, Dr. Phil Stinson has been researching police misconduct. In September, he launched Police Integrity Lost, a public database that details over 8,000 police arrests leading to 13,000 charges involving more than 6,500 officers across all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Before becoming a researcher, Stinson himself was a cop in New Hampshire and police dispatcher during his undergraduate years in Virginia. He also worked as defense attorney for 10 years. Knowing intimately the sub-culture of police forces, Stinson says some of things his witnessed in his past careers floored him. It inspired him to collect the data that the Justice Department doesn’t: Police crime, misconduct and consequences.
Using Google Alerts, court records, and news archives, he created an interactive database that he hopes will serve the public, including the police which he hopes can restore their integrity and improve law enforcement agencies with this data.
Dr. Phil Stinson is a associate professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He discusses his major findings here on The Takeaway.