Jeff Severns Guntzel is doing some interesting work with the murder data in the City of Minneapolis. After aggregating much of the publicly available data surrounding each murder and putting it into a Google Fusion Table, it’s relatively easy to get a feel for what’s happening when, where, with what, and to whom.
For example, he has a map of the murders to date for 2010. Unfortunately, the way that particularly perspective is presented on MinnPost is a bit misleading, since it crops off much of the city of Minneapolis where no murders have happened (from 34th St to the southern border of the city, from the Mississippi River to France Ave S, so around 20 sq miles worth of murder-free neighborhoods.)
Since the data has been made available in a Google Fusion Table, others can hop in and parse out additional perspectives on the data. Here are a couple examples I thought up:
Murders by Police Precinct
Find precinct map here.
Murders by Time of Day
A justification for curfews?