Research Findings

The DPD implemented policies of racial profiling, stop-and-frisk, surveillance, and black youth criminalization

DPD official count of police and civilian fatalities, 1883-1969. The three spikes in police "justifiable homicides" of civilians are during Prohibition in the 1920s, the 1943 race riot, and the late 1960s and early 1970s (the DPD killed at least 111 civilians between 1970-1973, the years after this chart ends).

These are the overall research findings of the Fall 2018 HistoryLab class and subsequent Policing and Social Justice HistoryLab researchers that created Detroit Under Fire.  Visit the exhibit sections for elaboration on all of these arguments, and consult the interactive maps for each section to visualize these findings as patterns in Detroit's racial geography.

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