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KGTV-TV

Jared Aarons

10 May 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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As San Diego County ramps up its CAHOOTS copycat – a mental health crisis response that sends specialists other than police to non-violent calls, similar to the long-running exemplar in Eugene, Oregon – it's beginning...

The City

Greg B. Smith

Reuven Blau

9 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Despite committing hundreds of millions of dollars to programs that make New York City's emergency response to mental health crises less punitive, a pattern of over-promising and under-delivering, plus pandemic snarls...

The Boston Globe

Douglas Starr

6 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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When Minneapolis police officers were videotaped standing by or trying ineffectively to intervene in George Floyd's murder by a fellow officer, horrified police departments nationwide rushed to embrace a peer interven...

The New York Times

Virginia Hughes

3 May 2021

Kentland, Indiana, United States

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Genetic genealogy's use in criminal cases has gone mainstream. As the cases of three murder victims in Indiana illustrate, the science of DNA evidence combined with genealogical research and detective work is rapidly ...

Missouri Independent

Rebecca Rivas

3 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Decades of advocacy for more effective civilian oversight of police-misconduct investigations in St. Louis finally resulted in a new oversight board created in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

1 May 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team operates on the premise that even though many want to see police excluded from any role in dealing with homelessness, residents still call 911 and demand a police resp...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

30 April 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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When people refuse mental health care while under court orders to get treatment, Tucson police send a mental health support team to take the people to crisis observation clinics or hospitals. The teams have the traini...

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Gino Fanelli

29 April 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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Following the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester police custody, the city consulted with the operators of Eugene's CAHOOTS program to craft its own version of a team of unarmed responders to help resolve mental health...

The Local

Anne Grietje Franssen

29 April 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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When drug-gang violence reached intolerable levels in Malmö in 2017, Swedish crime prevention officials traveled to New York for tips. There they learned about a gang violence intervention strategy in which gang membe...

Arizona Daily Star

Stephanie Casanova

29 April 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson Police Department's Substance Use Resource Team reaches out on the streets to people with substance-use disorder, offering them treatment instead of arrest and jail. The team is an extension of the department's...

The Washington Post

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Jenn Abelson

27 April 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A favorite remedy for systemic police misconduct is a civilian oversight agency. More than 160 cities and counties have such agencies, some at the insistence of the U.S. Justice Department. But, as Albuquerque and mul...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

23 April 2021

Houston, Texas, United States

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One of the first crime-lab scandals gave birth to a better way of ensuring the integrity and accuracy of forensic evidence. The Houston Forensic Science Center operates independently of law enforcement agencies, with ...

Willamette Week

Tess Riski

21 April 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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After the U.S. Justice Department found that Portland police used excessive force too often when dealing with people in mental health crises, the city formed an unarmed mobile crisis team and a team of police officers...

KUSA-TV

Kelly Reinke

21 April 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Under 3 Minutes

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Denver police solve far more nonfatal shootings than in the past because they created a special detectives unit to centralize and prioritize such investigations. In its first year, the Firearm Assault Shoot Team (FAST...

Christian Science Monitor

Chelsea Sheasley

20 April 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Washburn High School in Minneapolis is taking a different approach for in-school safety, one that doesn't rely on a police presence. The school district ended its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department and re...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Rosana Hughes

19 April 2021

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Seven years after the creation of Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative, gang violence in the city is down by two-thirds even while other types of gun violence have increased. The program uses an approach called...

New York Amsterdam News

Herb Boyd

Damaso Reyes

15 April 2021

Colorado, United States

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The protests against police abuses in 2020 prodded numerous legislatures to challenge the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which protects police officers from being sued for violating people's civil rights. Color...

Willamette Week

Tess Riski

14 April 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The Portland Street Response program sends a paramedic and social worker on non-emergency calls, often involving mental health crises, instead of sending police. The pilot project, operating during weekday hours in on...

Christian Science Monitor

Martin Kuz

13 April 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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MinneapolUS puts unarmed community members on Minneapolis streets to prevent street violence, part of the city's effort to redirect resources from the police to other crime-prevention efforts. Four teams of 20 to 30 m...

The Washington Post

Robert Klemko

12 April 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Little Earth Protectors is one of several community patrol groups that emerged in Minneapolis' unrest after George Floyd's death in police custody. Named for a mostly Native American neighborhood with high rates of vi...

The Maine Monitor

Barbara A. Walsh

11 April 2021

Baileyville, Maine, United States

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Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons personally connects with residents to combat increasing suicide rates, particularly among teens. Teachers reach out to the chief if one of the town’s 330 schoolchildren misses school, and ...

CNN

Chris James

2 April 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team replaces or aids police officers in responding to calls about people in nonviolent behavioral health crises. A collaboration of the city's fire and health departments, the p...

New York Amsterdam News

Herb Boyd

Damaso Reyes

1 April 2021

United States

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The Civil Rights Act of 1871, as a direct response to white resistance to Reconstruction-era reforms in the former Confederacy, gave people the right to sue government officials for depriving them of their civil right...

ABA Journal

Julianne Hill

1 April 2021

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Chicago's debate over which responses to mental health crises will avoid needless police shootings and other tragedies led city council members to the CAHOOTS model. The Eugene, Ore., program sends two unarmed first r...

The Washington Post

Tom Jackman

26 March 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When Baltimore prosecutors stopped prosecuting most lower-level crimes to ease jail crowding during the pandemic, they discovered that making many fewer arrests did not fuel a crime wave. In fact, crime dropped substa...

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