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Professor Ferguson Quoted in The Independent on Predictive Policing

Wednesday, January 11, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Professor Andrew Ferguson was quoted in The Independent on a new mathematical algorithm developed by UCLA that allows law enforcement to conduct "predictive policing."

"What happens if officers turn up at a 500ft x 500ft area, on the look out for burglaries, see a guy with a black bag, search him and find it contains stolen goods? If that case goes to court, there will be the question of whether it was reasonable for the officer to suspect he was committing a crime."

Andrew Ferguson

If computerized predictive policing catches on, Ferguson expects a test case eventually to work its way up to the US Supreme Court. In the meantime, he expects noisy kickback from civil rights groups. "That a computer can effectively curtail the Fourth Amendment rights of individuals in certain areas would be particularly troubling to the civil liberties lobby," he says.

"There will also be concerns that if police wanted to target certain areas, or demographics, then they could simply tweak the algorithm to ensure officers visit certain neighborhoods."

Read the full article in The Independent, "LAPD's sci-fi solution to real crime." Read his full bio here.

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