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New Algorithms Promise the Ability to Predict Police Misconduct

It may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but researchers, part of the White House's Police Data Initiative, are working at the University of Chicago to try to build a better early warning system that predicts when officers will commit police misconduct against civilians. Using over a decade of data from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, researchers say their algorithm-based early warning system can predict misconduct between police officers and civilians and suggest preventive measures by looking for police misconduct warning signs in the data. The algorithm-based early warning system's sensitivity and accuracy holds great promise for serving as a method for preventing police misconduct. However, algorithm-based early warning systems to predict police misconduct have been tested before and often met with opposition.

Audi Ordered to Pay $124.5 Million for Seat-Back Failure

Recently, a Texas jury ordered Audi to pay $124.5 million to an 11-year-old boy who was left brain damaged, partially paralyzed and blinded in his right eye in a 2012 rear-end collision. The verdict is in response to Audi equipping their 2005 Audi A4 with a seat back that was too weak to withstand a rear-end crash.

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $72 Million For Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

A little over a week ago, the Missouri Circuit Court announced that Johnson & Johnson-the world's largest maker of health-care products-must pay $72 million to the family of a woman claiming the company's talcum powder caused her fatal ovarian cancer. For the first time, monetary compensation was awarded in response to Johnson & Johnson's failure to warn consumers of the cancer-causing potential of its talcum-based products decades ago.
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