The Race and Big-Data Driven Policing Laboratory began in January 2020 with funding from the Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. As a research group, we are concerned with both basic and applied research that explores the implication of big-data driven policing–the technologies used in this type of policing and the types of data collected by the police. Working in the context of basic research, this group seeks to put in conversation ideas from the movements to abolish elements of the criminal justice system with core social justice and civil liberty concerns about issues raised by the tech-infused surveillance practices in contemporary policing, such as, technologically-driven racialization and marginalization, algorithmically-constructed state violence, transparency, accountability, and data sovereignty. The goal of our applied research work is to provide support to community-based organizations that seek to address the racial disparities in policing, particularly those created and/or exacerbated by the increasing police use of surveillance technologies and the big data that these technologies create and live on.