Good morning! Today we are celebrating our one year anniversary here at policemisconduct.net!
Our job here is to gather news reports about police misconduct in America in a fair and unbiased way. Our primary objective is to study the scope of the problem and to identify policies that can minimize misconduct.
This site is hosted by the Cato Institute, the world’s leading libertarian think tank. We expect thousands of new visitors here today because Cato’s marketing team is blasting a notice about our work far and wide this morning. So, if this is your first visit, welcome! Quick virtual tour: Over on the right margin of the home page, you will find the stories we are tracking today. On the main page (where you are looking now), we post a “Daily Recap” of the stories from the previous day along with additional details we could not include in a tweet. There is always a link to our news story source for anyone who wants to read the full story. We are as transparent as possible. In addition to the recap, we also use the main page to highlight stories or news articles on related aspects of the American criminal justice system. You’ll also see links to Cato books and events–these resources are offered to persons who wish to deepen their understanding of our constitutional rights and police misconduct issues. At the top of the page, you’ll find links for additional background information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
Let me take a moment here to mention a few other things. First, whether you are a regular reader or first time visitor, one easy way that you can help this project is by spreading the word–so please take two minutes to go over to our Facebook page and “Like” us and recommend us to your friends.
Second, we invite you to work with us. We want to expand our reporting capacity. We’re grateful to the dozens of readers who take a moment out of their day to send us police misconduct stories that they come across in their own community, or just as they scan the news generally. As we grow, we’ll eventually have ‘scouts’ in all of our major metropolitan areas–and beyond. Consider doing this yourself. Really. If you read the news and can email, you’re qualified! We will not interrupt your evening with phone calls asking you to renew your support. We don’t roll like that. Help us out whenever you can. Here is our form for story submissions.
We’re pleased with the work we have done over the past year, but we will be striving to do better work in the coming months and years. Thanks for visiting!