New data reveals thousands of cops have been arrested for assault and corruption

Police officers were arrested 1,695 times for violations of their oaths to the public, messing with evidence, or lying in official statements from 2005 to 2012, according to a vast new data set on criminals in uniform released Tuesday.

The numbers, compiled by Bowling Green State University professor and former cop Phil Stinson, are likely a low-end estimate. As with police killings, there is no reliable centralized data on police crime. Stinson has sought to address both of those gaps by compiling his own numbers, using a combination of local news reports and court records. Stinson’s new database found more than 8,000 total criminal arrests of law enforcement officers in the United States in the 8-year period his team has thus far finished analyzing.


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