Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mindy Adnot
With discrimination by police officers against African-Americans have recently exploded on the news, this is not a new problem but has existed for many decades. With this project I wanted to look at data on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to see if these trends existed here with police interaction. The data I used showed information on the Diversion program, Traffic Stops, and Officer involved shootings with all three datasets having the demographics of the people involved. What I was able to find was that discrimination is heavily present here with black people disproportionally facing greater police interference. Now that the problem has been addressed, what are the next steps? How do we go about fixing an institution that was designed to hinder the advancement for people of color especially black people?