‘Hotspot policing’ — We must recalibrate tactics after Nichols killing
February 11, 2023
By Marc A. Levin and Khalil A. Cumberbatch
When robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he famously said “because that’s where the money is.” This has also been the sensible rationale for hotspot policing.
Yet the ruthless killing of Tyre Nichols was perpetrated by the now disbanded Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods (S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N.) policing unit, which was billed from its inception as an example of hotspot policing.