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LOOK INTO DATA

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THE MOVEMENT

"One movement has gained tremendous popularity following the killing of George Floyd 4 weeks ago: "Defund the Police"..." 

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POLICE FUNDING & CRIME

"...While they increased at a similar rate between 1995–2005, police expenditure continued to rise after 2010, while arrests and sentences decreased. We’ve seen a drop in crime after 2009 ..." 

POLICE FUNDING & DEMOGRAPHICS

"...We have come to see a lot of difference between the ethnicity of a certain place and the corresponding police expenditure the place has, from the visualization our team has made with appropriate data..."

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POLICE FUNDING & MEDIAN INCOME

There is no significant correlation between police spending and median household income. At the state level at least, this went against our initial assumption that there would be less police spending in more affluent areas.

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POLICE FUNDING & VIOLENT CRIME

There is no significant correlation between police spending and violent crime rate. This shows us that the level of police in a state did not have any relation to its level of violent crime.  

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MORE VISUALIZATIONS

Click on "VIEW MORE" to see our Tableau page, where you can check out the trends at both state and national levels.   

References:

Bahal, Suakshay. “Defund the Police( Data Strategy Program).” Medium, Medium, 26 Aug. 2020, medium.com/@suakshaybahal1/defund-the-police-data-strategy-program-5b3bffa993ce.

Budiono, Timo. “Insights on Police Expenditure.” Tableau Public, 6 Aug. 2020, public.tableau.com/profile/timo#!/vizhome/InsightsonPoliceFunding/InsightsonPoliceExpenditure.

Budiono, Timo. “Police (De)Funding: Let's See the Data.” Medium, Medium, 17 June 2020, medium.com/@timobudiono/police-de-funding-lets-see-the-data-d861508a6ada.

“Crime Rate by State U.S. 2018.” Statista, 2 Jan. 2020, www.statista.com/statistics/301549/us-crimes-committed-state/.

“Federal Justice Statistics, 2015-2016.” Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=6506.

“Government Spending Chart.” Chart of Detroit City Spending for 1992 - 2017 - Source: US Census Bureau., www.usgovernmentspending.com/local_chart_1992_2017MIt_23208200400000_XXs2li111mcn_51t.

“Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity.” KFF, 24 Apr. 2020, www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/distribution-by-raceethnicity/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22%3A%22Location%22%2C%22sort%22%3A%22asc%22%7D.

“State and Local Government Finance Data: Tax Policy Center.” State and Local Government Finance Data | Tax Policy Center, state-local-finance-data.taxpolicycenter.org//pages.cfm.

“Table 1.” 2018 Crime in the United States, FBI, 17 Sept. 2019, ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/tables/table-1.

“Table H-8. Median Household Income by State: 1984 to 2018.” Census.gov.

“Trends in Arrest Rates by Race for All Offenses (Rates Are per 100,000 in Age Group) Age: All Ages.” Arrest Trends by Offense, Age, and Race, www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/ucr_trend.asp?table_in=2&selOffenses=1&rdoGroups=1&rdoDataType=3.