The Plain View Project is a database of public Facebook posts and comments made by current and former police officers from several jurisdictions across the United States.
We present these posts and comments because we believe that they could undermine public trust and confidence in our police. In our view, people who are subject to decisions made by law enforcement may fairly question whether these online statements about race, religion, ethnicity and the acceptability of violent policing—among other topics—inform officers’ on-the-job behaviors and choices.
To be clear, our concern is not whether these posts and comments are protected by the First Amendment. Rather, we believe that because fairness, equal treatment, and integrity are essential to the legitimacy of policing, these posts and comments should be part of a national dialogue about police.
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All content that met our criteria for inclusion.View collection
Content that could reasonably be seen as endorsing, celebrating, or encouraging unlawful or excessive violence.View collection
Content that could reasonably be seen as discriminating against a certain race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion.View collection
Content that could reasonably be interpreted as dehumanizing (e.g. calling suspects or protestors “animals” or “sub-humans”).View collection
Content that constitutes an otherwise clear violation of constitutional norms and police department policy.View collection