Citizen Reporters [also known as Cop Watchers] are a network of activist organizations, typically autonomous and focused in local areas that observe and document police activity while looking for signs of police misconduct and police brutality. They believe that monitoring police activity is a way to prevent misconduct. The stated goal is to engage in monitoring police activity in the interest of holding the police accountable for misconduct. Cop Watch[ing] was first started in Berkeley, California, in 1990.
- Ensure enforcement discretion. The Brady List does not apply Machine Learning [ML], Artificial Intelligence [AI], or any other coded mechanism.
- Empower prosecutorial disclosure. This Brady List as a platform automates the compilation of data across entire jurisdictions for prosecutors.
- Enable judicial oversight. This Brady List platform is the first of its kind to serve the judiciary as a method to ensure delivery of Brady Material Disclosures.
- Build trust in the community through transparency. This Brady List is now, and always will be, open to the public.
- Demonstrate accountability. The Brady List encourages law enforcement, prosecutors, and the judiciary to demonstrate their entire workflow from complaint intake through categorization, investigation, and conclusion.