San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces ‘CAREN Act’ to Stop Racially-Biased 911 Calls

The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act would create penalties for those who make false emergency reports.

The NYPD Isn’t Giving Critical Bodycam Footage to Officials Investigating Alleged Abuse

New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board made 212 requests for body-worn camera footage in May. The NYPD sent only 33 responses, according to a memo obtained by ProPublica.

Families of Prisoners Sue Over High Cost of Phone Calls

The lawsuit alleges three private companies that provide telecom services in prisons lied to state and local governments about the cost of doing business.

Cities' New Unanimity: The Need for Police Reform

COMMENTARY | In a major turnaround, there's broad agreement and public support in cities across America to change policing.

When Cities Replace Police with Social Workers

City leaders across the country are considering how to rethink police departments. They have many examples to look to—from brand new pilots to programs decades in the making.

Police with Lots of Military Gear Kill Civilians More Often than Less-Militarized Officers

COMMENTARY | The gear can lead police to emphasize the use of force to solve problems they encounter in the community.

Policing Protests Propel Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts

Reducing marijuana penalties might reduce interactions with police.

State AG Recommends Data Reporting Mandate for Police Deadly Force Incidents

As it stands, most police agencies in Washington state are not reporting this type of information through a program the FBI launched last year.

Three More States Say Yes to Hands-Free Laws for Drivers

New laws aimed at reducing distracted driving are going into effect in Idaho, Indiana and South Dakota.

Despite Mitigation Efforts, Watchdog Finds Rise in Repeatedly Flooded Properties

The Government Accountability Office says steps like acquiring and demolishing flood-prone homes won't be enough to shore up the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Fire Departments Anticipate Busy Fourth of July as Fireworks Sales Skyrocket

In a normal year, fire safety officials encourage people to attend public fireworks displays instead of attempting to create them at home. But most fireworks shows are canceled this year because of coronavirus.

Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty to 'Simply Staggering' Crimes that Terrified California Communities

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Houston prosecutor resigns over Facebook post … Protesters call for St. Louis mayor to resign … Bars to close in some California jurisdictions.

Texas and Florida Restricting Bars Amid Coronavirus Surge

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas bars to close, while a state official said Florida is planning to suspend on-premises alcohol sales. Both states are grappling with trying to control the virus, while allowing businesses to operate.

Saharan Dust Sweeps Into Gulf Coast Region

The atmospheric event isn’t uncommon, but this time the plume is unusually large. It could pose some health risks for people with preexisting respiratory conditions.

Trump Administration Weighs in Against Hawaii Quarantine Mandate for Travelers

Restrictions on out-of-state arrivals in several states have drawn court challenges. Meanwhile, New York and two other states moved ahead with a policy like this on Wednesday.

In One State Legislature, a Back-and-Forth Over Whether Police Deserve Hate Crime Protection

In Georgia, passage of a hate crimes bill was momentarily stalled over a provision added by Republicans to include police officers. But the legislature is moving forward separately with enhanced penalties for people convicted of targeting police officers.

Seattle Mayor Says Police Will Return to 'CHOP' Protest Zone

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Correctional officers complain about discrimination in guarding of Derek Chauvin ... A city council member is arrested in Los Angeles corruption case ... San Francisco's mayor wants to move ahead with reopening.

Calls Grow for Amazon to End Ring Partnerships with Police Departments

Footage captured on Ring, the video doorbell sold by Amazon, is available to over one thousand law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Lawmakers Push for Special Prosecutors to Oversee Cases Involving Police Killings

Proponents say assigning special prosecutors to investigate when police officers use deadly force can eliminate a potential conflict of interest among local district attorneys who regularly work with police.

In Many Cities, Police Only Solve a Portion of Murder Cases. What Happens if We Defund Them?

Homicide clearance rates in cities across the country are abysmal. Experts say solving more murders would involve increased resources and improved community relations.