COVID and Crime Rates: “Do Cops Know Who to Stop?” Assessing Optimizing Models of Police Behavior with a Natural Experiment
We worked on analyzing crime data from major U.S. cities to understand how events like the protests and the pandemic affected crime. Specifically, we delved into the nitty gritty details of police stops and arrests data, using granular demographic details about each incident to paint a fuller picture of the underlying factors influencing large-scale crime fluctuations. We also worked on presenting the data to the public. Specifically, new data was gathered from city using public sources or the Freedom of Information Act, and that data was then cleaned into the optimal format. Lastly, the data was published in an easily-accessible graph form on citycrimestats.com, which gives users many ways of filtering for the desired data.