We all rely on FBI crime stats—but maybe we shouldn’t

The Naked Truth: Numbers Game examines the inadequate and outdated collection of crime statistics and how this practice skews policing and public policy. Fusion’s Ryan Nerz uncovers the reality behind the numbers.

We wrangled raw FBI data to develop key insights into policing in the U.S. Plus, we learned how gaming the numbers can lead to further inequality, discrimination, and in some cases, neglect. Stats may not be sexy, but this data affects how we live our lives every single day, especially if you are black in America.

Learn more about Fusion’s ongoing series Arresting America:

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