Mapping Police Brutality, Misconduct, and Homicides (1957-1973)

Each research team created a map series, utilizing the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform, to synthesize the maps, data visualizations, and research findings in its section of this website. These interactive StoryMaps also audiences to explore every alleged and confirmed police-civilian encounter of brutality, misconduct, and officer-involved shootings and killings.  The research teams identified these incidents through laborious archival and database research and mapped the patterns in the city's racial geography and street-level landscape. It is important to emphasize that these maps represent a vast undercount of actual police-civilian incidents of brutality and misconduct, because of deliberate and systemic silences and distortions in the archive. Lab supervisor Nicole Navarro and project director Matt Lassiter also contributed to the creation of these StoryMaps.   

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Detroit Under Fire Pt. I: Mapping Police Violence and Misconduct (1957-1963)  [direct link]

Detroit Under Fire Pt. II: Mapping Police Violence and Misconduct (1964-1966). [direct link]

Detroit Under Fire Pt. III: Mapping Police Violence and Misconduct (1967). [direct link]

Detroit Under Fire Part IV: Mapping Police Violence and Misconduct (1968-1970). [direct link]

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