Mapping Police Violence Is Topic Of Talk At SUNY New Paltz

Nov 8, 2018

A racial justice activist is speaking this hour at the State University of New York at New Paltz about his research collaborative that gathers data on police violence in the U.S. He was planning to discuss findings and how they can help inform public policy.

The Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz is hosting Samuel Sinyangwe to discuss his work as co-founder of Mapping Police Violence. Sinyangwe teamed up with three other activists following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. They founded Mapping Police Violence, a data-driven effort to quantify the impact of police violence in communities. KT Tobin is associate director of The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives. She says the purpose of bringing Sinyangwe to campus is to focus on empirical evidence for structural racism, and learn how and why he obtained the data.

Sinyangwe is a data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through policies and strategies.

Other findings include that, to date, 852 people have been killed by police in 2018; there were 14 days in 2017 on which no person was killed by police; and black people are three times more likely than white people.to be killed by police