Profiling the Police

An innovative way to show police abuse and the tools to do it.

Project Story

WITNESS partnered with El Grito de Sunset Park – a community organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn – to find new ways to use eyewitness video and open source data to expose abuses by some NYPD and begin to illustrate how police abuse is part of a larger systemic problem.
This site serves as a use case study for advocates, journalists, legal experts and technologists interested in exploring new forms of storytelling through the analysis and curation of human rights videos.
To get started, learn more about the project, review a sample timeline of officer misconduct or check out our Toolkit to learn about the methodologies and tools we used. 

Our Profiling the Police project won a 2019 Shorty Awards Audience Honor and was a Finalist in the Social Activism category!


This site contains video showing physical assault, verbal abuse and other violent interactions with law enforcement which may be triggering to survivors.


WITNESS takes your privacy and security very seriously.  

Logs and Security: The "Profiling the Police" project is part of the WITNESS web structure, which uses HTTPS security encryption. For this site we maintain minimal network logs on our servers (one week). Our site is enabled to accept traffic from anonymous networks such as Tor.

This site was built using WordPress. Themes and plugins have been scanned via the WPScan Vulnerability Database and as of June 14, 2018 have no known vulnerabilities.

What Is Collected: We collect basic analytics about our site visitors using our own self-hosted Matomo instance, which is configured to anonymize the last 2 bytes of your IP address, so it cannot be narrowed down to your exact connection.

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Future Changes: We will update this privacy policy as needed and clearly indicate the date of changes.

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