Public Safety

In Missouri, a Rift Over Local Murder Prosecutions

Missouri’s governor wants the state attorney general to take over prosecutions for uncharged homicides in St. Louis.

Chicago Leaders Condemn Looting As ‘Brazen and Extensive Criminal Destruction’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A judge sides with California in lawsuit about new gig worker law … New York lawmakers to probe storm power outages … Texas AG says state legislature likely needs to decide about moving a statue of a former Texas A&M University president and Confederate general.

Immigrants Might Be Reporting Crimes Even Less Now. Here's Why

COMMENTARY | The Trump administration’s decision to create doubt about the validity of U visas that protect crime survivors hurts already vulnerable immigrant populations.

Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction

At least 100 agencies used forms of tear gas on people in the past two months.

Dozens of Minneapolis Police Officers on Leave for PTSD

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Members of a Pennsylvania city council could censure colleagues who attended Black Lives Matter protests … People in Louisiana aren’t providing their contacts to contact tracers … To go to Alaska, you must test negative.

Investigators Found Alabama’s Prisons Are Plagued by Rampant Violence. Is Sentencing Reform the Answer?

The Justice Department says much of the abuse in the state’s prisons stems from overcrowding. Advocates say overcrowding is caused by laws that result in harsh prison sentences that are out of sync with the rest of the country.

Unchecked Power? How Law Enforcement Could Leverage Facial Recognition During Protests

COMMENTARY | The lack of regulation around facial recognition usage allows law enforcement to use the technology in ways that could undermine civil rights and liberties.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Says Many Federal Officers Will Leave Portland

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A couple states report surprisingly good tax receipts in July … Tennessee governor OKs resumption of high school football … Florida marks 5,000 Burmese pythons removed from Everglades.

States Warn Residents About Unsolicited Seed Packages Sent From China

People have received the mysterious shipments in at least 22 states. The seeds could pose threats to the environment and agriculture. Federal authorities are investigating.

Family Members Raise Concerns as Florida Inmate Deaths Rise

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | "Pooled testing" could speed up results ... Minneapolis council votes to get rid of police PIO ... Los Angeles County sheriff slammed for sexist statement.

The Legal Protections Shielding Police Taken Up By State Legislatures

With federal action on the issue looking unlikely, state legislators are considering proposals that would eliminate or limit the scope of qualified immunity for police officers.

DOJ Inspector General to Review Federal Law Enforcement Response to Protests

The move comes as officers the Trump administration deployed to Portland, Oregon draw scrutiny.

Driving Actually Got Deadlier During the Pandemic

The rate of motor-vehicle deaths per miles driven was up 23.5% in May compared to the same time last year, according to the National Safety Council.

Local Pushback Over Federal Officers in Portland Grows As Trump Threatens Feds Could Deploy to Other Cities

Federal agents reportedly are expected to be sent to Chicago this week, despite objections from local leaders.

Oregon AG Files Lawsuit Challenging Federal Detention of Portland Protesters

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Illinois House speaker linked to federal investigation … Nevada legislature looks for budget cuts … Maine lobstermen say PPP not effective help.

One City Rejected a Policing Algorithm. Could It Be Used For Other Purposes?

In Pittsburgh, an algorithm that deployed law enforcement officers to predicted crime “hot spots” might be repurposed to send social services to areas in need instead.

Progressive Prosecutors Push for Reform in Response to Protests

Some say that the current moment has taught them the need for a thorough examination of the “historic impact of harmful policies” on certain communities.

First Comes Police Reform. Then Comes Everything Else.

Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality. But the need for systemic reform runs much deeper.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Under New Scrutiny Amid Calls for Police Reform

But with the economic instability caused by the coronavirus pandemic, some worry law enforcement and prosecutors could actually step up efforts to seize criminal defendants' property.