MPD hopes new website will help citizens understand how force is used

- Nearly three-quarters of the people Minneapolis police used force on in 2017 were black or Native American, despite those groups only making up roughly one-fifth of the total population.

This is just one detail revealed by a new website the department rolled out Tuesday, which aggregates all use-of-force data into graphs and charts that many hope will help citizens get a better picture of how the police use force in the city.

So far this year there have been around 335,000 calls for service in Minneapolis--with 755 including the use of force, a number that represents less than a quarter of one percent. 

It's those cases that are the focus of the new dashboard, which also includes information from past years--including the type of force, race and age of who the force was used upon, among other things. 

"This data is aimed at building the public trust in our police department," Arradondo said. "One thing I want to make clear is that we will be completely open and honest when it comes to this data.

If they want, citizens can also download the raw dataset and analyze it themselves. 

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