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Prof. Ferguson in Fresno Bee on 4th Amend Issues with Predictive Policing

Tuesday, September 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Professor Andrew FergusonUDC Law Professor Andrew G. Ferguson, increasingly viewed as an expert on the Fourth Admendment problems inherent with "predictive policing," was interviewed by Fresno Bee writers George Hostetter and Pablo Lopez for their in depth article "Fresno PD to Begin Predictive Policing." 

In one of several statements quoted by the authors,

"Ferguson says data-driven "hunches" are no more reliable than an officer's "hunch," which traditionally has been legally insufficient to justify an arrest on reasonable suspicion.Ferguson's key concern is whether computer-generated crime forecasts will lower the threshold for reasonable suspicion.

He says this could lead to increased racial and class profiling as well as pat-downs and arrests that otherwise would have been perceived as unwarranted."

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