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Local News Matters

John Glidden

30 June 2021

Vallejo, California, United States

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Vallejo officials are studying which type of civilian oversight they want for their police department, following years of controversial shootings of residents. Nearby Oakland and San Francisco have some of the stronge...

Local News Matters

John Glidden

30 June 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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With a long string of questionable uses of force and huge payouts to settle brutality lawsuits, the Vallejo Police Department might look to nearby Oakland for one approach to achieving better, more accountable policin...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

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Rob Alcaraz

28 June 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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After videos showed two Minneapolis police officers did nothing to stop Derek Chauvin from killing George Floyd, more than 130 police departments raced to sign up to train their officers on how to intervene to prevent...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

16 June 2021

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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Montgomery County's longtime crisis response center illustrates the pitfalls of embracing a policing alternative without proper resources or thinking through the implications. The racial-justice protests of 2020 inspi...

The Times

Rosa Ellis

13 June 2021

United Kingdom

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The people who produce child pornography give police invaluable evidence, if it can be decoded, when they film themselves sexually abusing children. A Scottish forensic anthropologist and anatomist has helped both in ...

KVUE-TV

Tori Larned

12 June 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Since 2014, all Austin police officers and cadets receive first-aid training, including the use of tourniquets and CPR. The training, which covers four weeks for cadets, is meant to provide stopgap, life-saving aid wh...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

11 June 2021

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The nationwide 988 call system for suicide prevention and mental health crises will go live in July 2022, with federal funding available for certain local crisis response programs. Santa Cruz and Alameda counties alre...

KNXV-TV

Melissa Blasius

11 June 2021

Marietta, Georgia, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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In Marietta, Ga., a viral video of police beating a man to gain control of him in an arrest led to mandatory training for new police officers in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The martial arts training reduced injuries to both ...

The Washington Post

John Sullivan

Robert Klemko

10 June 2021

New Jersey, United States

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Three "historic firsts in policing reforms" show how attempts to root out systemic problems in policing can fail. In all three cases – federal intervention to curb civil rights abuses in Pittsburgh, a computerized ear...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

Allison Frost

2 June 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS program's national popularity as a model for diverting crisis calls from the police to unarmed teams of a medic and counselor belies its inability to fully serve its own community because of under-funding....

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

1 June 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The long-running CAHOOTS program, which replaces police with medics and social workers to respond to non-violent, non-criminal mental health crises, suicide threats, and problems stemming from homelessness, serves as ...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Erin Heffernan

31 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis was one of the first cities to adopt ShotSpotter technology, which uses a network of microphones, software, and human monitors to detect and analyze gunshot sounds. The detection system summoned police more ...

The Washington Post

Peter Hermann

29 May 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Unsuccessful at filling its police officer ranks with more people of color from the neighborhoods where they'll patrol, the D.C. police department takes its largely white recruit classes into those neighborhoods for l...

KRQE-TV

Chris McKee

28 May 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Under 3 Minutes

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When young people with criminal records get shot in Albuquerque, they may get visited by the police department's Violence Intervention Program: cops and counselors urging the victims to resist the impulse to retaliate...

Cicero Independiente

Irene Romulo

26 May 2021

Cicero, Illinois, United States

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"Gang contracts" are used by many schools as a way to tell students they are suspected of gang activity and must avoid such activity or face discipline or expulsion. Gang contracts have been put to extensive use in th...

Concord Monitor

Meg McIntyre

25 May 2021

Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

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As New Hampshire schools debate the presence of police officers stationed in schools, one model they and other states can consider is found at Minnesota Intermediate School District 287. That district lowered in-schoo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jo Piazza

20 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia police fail to solve most of the city's growing number of homicides, in part because of the no-snitching street code, a byproduct of the community's lack of trust in police. But the streets do sometimes t...

The Washington Post

Jessica Anderson

20 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Baltimore Police Department was the last agency to enter into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice during the Trump administration. This is a process by which a troubled police department submits t...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

20 May 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Alameda and Santa Cruz counties have fielded their own mobile teams to respond to mental health crises as alternatives to police-only responses. Aimed at reducing conflicts with police, overuse of hospitals and jails,...

The Guardian

Aaron Miguel Cantú

17 May 2021

United States

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Five years after the FBI started tracking how often police use force, the majority of police departments still fail to comply and the FBI refuses to release publicly what information it has collected. The policy was e...

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

Meredith Deliso

15 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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NYC Pride, which commemorates a LGBTQ+ uprising against police harassment and brutality, banned police participation in its events. About 200 NYPD members from the Gay Officers Action League typically participate in t...

FunTimes Magazine

Nana AmaAddo

15 May 2021

United Kingdom

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To increase the safety of people in mental health crisis, Philadelphia police train most officers in crisis intervention tactics and try to build better-informed responses into 911 operations. But problems persist. In...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Will Cleveland

11 May 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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Rochester's Person In Crisis team, launched in response to the death of Daniel Prude in police custody during a mental health crisis, began a six-month pilot project in January. PIC uses a "co-response model" of crisi...

CalMatters

Laurel Rosenhall

Byrhonda Lyons

11 May 2021

California, United States

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More than a year after taking effect, California's law restricting when police can use deadly force has had some effects on police accountability and training, but a number of flaws illustrate how long and difficult t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 May 2021

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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For a city like Philadelphia, with rising violence and a lack of community trust in the police, Camden and Newark serve as examples of the positive changes that come about when outside forces impose the kinds of refor...

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