Policing

Can Civilian Oversight Change Police Behavior?

COMMENTARY | Cities across the country are looking at creating police oversight bodies. That makes questions about their efficacy and value more important than ever.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Overlooked Role of Guns in the Police-Reform Debate

COMMENTARY | Something is weirdly absent from the general discussion about police violence in America: the weapon most commonly used to inflict it.

I Was Mayor of Minneapolis. I Know Why Police Reforms Fail.

COMMENTARY | An us-versus-them culture has deadly consequences.

Some Cities Decline to Prosecute Arrested Protesters

Prosecutors in large and small cities alike are saying they won’t press charges against peaceful protesters arrested for nonviolent offenses.

To More Easily Ban Problem Police Officers, Some States Focus on Licensing

Proponents of professional licensing for police say that such a system would make it easier to fire an officer for misconduct.

DA Questions Atlanta Police Shooting, Says Charging Decision Could Be Ready Soon

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | The Tulsa health director expressed reservations about President Trump’s planned rally in the city this week … Minneapolis begins slow process of considering police dismantling … California police unions release their reform plan.

Why Rural America Is Joining the Movement for Black Lives

Officers may be neighbors, making the rural response uniquely personal.

Cities Reconsider Tear Gas Use in Protests

Police in several cities have used tear gas on protesters. Some lawmakers are looking at banning its use by law enforcement.

Stop Training Police Like They’re Joining the Military

COMMENTARY | If policing is to change, the spotlight must turn toward police academies, where new recruits are first inculcated into the folkways of their profession.

What the World Could Teach America About Policing

Examples abound of reforms that are seen as “radical” in the United States.

After George Floyd, Some School Districts Cut Ties With Police

Minneapolis and Portland have ended contracts with city police departments.