Shakeer Rahman Spotlights Dangers of Data-Driven Policing and Reform

Shakeer Rahman (’17), attorney and community organizer with Los Angeles Community Action Network and the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, contributed an article to Just Tech discussing the dangers of digital policing, examining how new technologies and reform strategies expand policing’s harms (“Police Technology and the Danger of Reform,” June 28). “Data-mining tools and algorithms are also technologies that become unjust in the hands of police. . . . These technologies are the latest example of a long tradition of police using the concept of reform to experiment with new resources and secure political cover for violence. . . . The rise of data-driven policing confirms the need for police abolition.”