The New Tampa PD initiative is startlingly similar to the dystopian film.
So what was it all for?
Why did we all have to squint through the dimly lit cinematography of Minority Report, watching Tom Cruise get his eyes gouged out and being forced to root for a cop, if we, as a society, weren't going to learn the one lesson it was trying to teach us: that you can't predict crime.
Minority Report has a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes — which is probably generous, but still — and lives on in the cultural lexicon as a warning. When referenced, people are usually pointing out corruption within the system or forewarning us about the potential evils of the powers that be.
In the past, it had been compared to the school-to-prison pipeline, which the ACLU defines as: "a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse, or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services. Instead, they are isolated, punished, and pushed out."
In effect, this culminates in policing in schools, zero tolerance policies, underfunding in low income communities, and lack of resources. All of these combined, money that could be going to student learning instead goes to pushing out lower performing students, who are often at higher risk of being incarcerated.
Even more harrowing than this indirect analogy, however, is the new Tampa Police initiative which literally sounds as though someone watched the first five minutes of Minority Report and didn't get to the end.
The agency has a separate program that uses schoolchildren’s grades, attendance records and abuse histories to labe… https://t.co/gtIYDl1KDT— Julia Davis (@Julia Davis) 1627274974.0