1,500 Mathematicians Sign Letter Calling on Colleagues to Stop 'Working With Police'
Letter cites 'extrajudicial murders by police'
One thousand five hundred mathematicians have signed a letter calling for those in their profession to stop working with police departments across the US.
The letter cites “extrajudicial murders by police" and “structural racism” and demands colleagues to cease administering law enforcement with predictive policing and data services.
The letter reads:
“In light of the extrajudicial murders by police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and numerous others before them, and the subsequent brutality of the police response to protests, we call on the mathematics community to boycott working with police departments."
“This is not an abstract call."
"Many of our colleagues can and do work with police departments to provide modeling and data work.”
“Given the structural racism and brutality in US policing, we do not believe that mathematicians should be collaborating with police departments in this manner,” the letter adds.
One of the authors said the letter was created to advance a political goal.
"Mathematics is very political," Math Professor Aougab said.
"And it's being used actively right now for oppression."
Aougab says his math group is working "to further a goal that we inherently believe in politically," according to Inside Higher Ed.
“Ten mathematicians from eight universities and one company wrote an open letter last week calling for mathematicians to cease collaborating with police departments," the outlet adds.
"The letter also pushes math scholars to audit influential algorithms and embed learning outcomes related to ethics in data science curriculums."
“Tarik Aougab, a math professor at Haverford College and one of the letter writers: 'We're using our mathematical knowledge and connections to further a goal that we inherently believe in politically.'"
Aougab said the police should be abolished entirely.
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