The opaque blue line

Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“The Burlington Police Department’s online transparency portal features a telling quote from political and legal theorist Jeremy Waldron: ‘In a democracy, the accountable agents of the people owe the people an account of what they have been doing, and a refusal to provide this is simple insolence.’ In that spirit, the portal is a model for proactive transparency, giving quick links to raw data and quarterly reports on how, when, and where police have used force. Several hundred miles south of the sleepy capital of Vermont, the country’s largest police force is providing a model for insolence. The 35,000-strong New York Police Department (NYPD) is one of the most stubbornly opaque law enforcement agencies in the country.” (for publication 05/17)