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The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained

The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained

A $12 million payout certainly won’t bring Breonna Taylor back. But the city of Louisville’s historic settlement with her family also includes a set of police reforms that may — depending on how and if they are implemented — help prevent police killings like the one that ended Taylor’s life in March. The set of…
Race, policing, and the universal yearning for safety

Race, policing, and the universal yearning for safety

Our conversation over race and policing — like our conversations over virtually everything in America — is shot through with a crude individualism. Talking in terms of systems and contexts comes less naturally to us, but that means we often miss the true story. Phillip Atiba Goff is the co-founder and CEO of the Center…
Want to fix policing? Start with a better 911 system.

Want to fix policing? Start with a better 911 system.

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black child, was playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park when a police car arrived on the scene. Within moments of exiting his squad car, officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed Rice. The surveillance video of the November 2014 shooting garnered worldwide attention, and Rice remains a symbol…
The End of Policing left me convinced we still need policing

The End of Policing left me convinced we still need policing

As calls to defund or even abolish the police get more mainstream attention, many people have a question: Won’t this create a huge surge in violent crime? The police abolition movement has its intellectual roots in the work of African American prison abolitionists Angela Davis and Ruth Wilson Gilmore and their group Critical Resistance, which…
Bernie Sanders’s call to ban facial recognition tech for policing, explained

Bernie Sanders’s call to ban facial recognition tech for policing, explained

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the first presidential candidate to call for a total ban on the use of facial recognition software for policing. He’s also calling for a moratorium on the use of algorithmic risk assessment tools that aim to predict which criminals will reoffend. His pledge to institute these changes if elected is part…
Julián Castro has an ambitious plan to fix American policing

Julián Castro has an ambitious plan to fix American policing

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro has unveiled a comprehensive new policing reform plan aimed at addressing police violence and its effects on communities of color — making him the first and only candidate to present such a detailed proposal to date. Castro’s “People First Policing” plan, released Monday, focuses on ending “over-aggressive” and “racially…
Body cameras were supposed to help improve policing. They aren’t living up to the hype.

Body cameras were supposed to help improve policing. They aren’t living up to the...

When discussing ways to address the problem of police violence against black men and women, police body cameras — which are meant to increase accountability and help rebuild community trust — are often touted as a key part of the solution. But a new study suggests that camera programs alone may not be as impactful…

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