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Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is a staff writer at CityLab. He was previously the justice editor at Grist.
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What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?

New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared.

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State Preemption of Local Legislation Is Getting Worse

A new report shows that state legislatures have been expanding their reach in preempting cities from localized regulation on issues like gun control.

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The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

A Pew report shows that nearly a third of white Americans under the age of 30 have “cold” feelings for the police. Recent court rulings and decisions made by the Trump administration this year might help explain why.

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Attorney General's Civil Asset Forfeiture Orders Are 'Irrelevant' in Philadelphia

Jeff Sessions has ordered prosecutors to continue seizing property from suspects, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime, to help finance law enforcement practices. Philadelphia is moving in the opposite direction.

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The Price of Defunding the Police

A new report fleshes out the controversial demand to cut police department budgets and reallocate those funds into healthcare, housing, jobs, and schools. Will that make communities of color safer?

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Why Jails Are Booming

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative shows that the populations of local jails are swelling for reasons that have little to do with crime.

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When Cities Fought the Feds Over Apartheid

In 1986, the city of Baltimore battled the Reagan administration over its local anti-apartheid ordinances—and won. How they prevailed may have important lessons for cities trying to resist Trump today.

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Applying the 'Rooney Rule' to Cities

Pittsburgh will borrow a page from the NFL’s diversity playbook in order to get more people of color into leadership positions in city government.

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Where Gerrymandering Is Containing City Power

To resist the current political peril, just boost the urban voter turnout, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

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A Controversial Police Chief's Parting Words With His Profession

Cameron McLay just resigned from his post as Pittsburgh’s police chief—right when urban policing is about to get a lot more interesting.

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White People Do Sell Drugs, Despite What Maine's Governor Says

Governor Paul LePage believes black and Latino drug dealers are polluting the white state of Maine.

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It's Official: Racist Police Practices Are Endemic in Baltimore

A U.S. Department of Justice audit of the city's police department shows a disturbing culture of racism among the force.

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North Carolina Is About to Pass a Law Barring Public Access to Police Cam Footage

The controversial bill has cleared the House and made its way through the Senate Wednesday.

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North Carolina Wants To Ban Public Access to Police Camera Footage

While some U.S. cities move toward releasing police footage for accountability and transparency, North Carolina heads in the opposite direction.

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New Orleans Continues On a Path of Decarceration

A new $1.5 million MacArthur Foundation grant could give New Orleans’ public defenders, and its incarcerated citizens, some relief.

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Flint Mayor Threatens Michigan With Lawsuit Over Water Crisis

Countering the state's funding games with a bid to fast-track replacement of lead pipes in families’ homes

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The U.S. Civil Rights Commission Is Investigating the EPA

The agency has not enforced policies in Chicago that protect minorities and and low-income families from deadly pollution.