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Teen Vogue

Zach Schermele

17 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis school board’s vote to remove police from public schools arose not only from protests over the police killing of George Floyd, but also from a long-term advocacy project to end the so-called school-to-...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Blaze Lovell

17 June 2020

Hawaii, United States

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The groundswell for greater accountability in police shootings has barely caused a ripple in Hawaii, where the state’s Law Enforcement Officer Independent Review board has finished only one case in its first three yea...

The Local

Catherine Edwards

16 June 2020

Sweden

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In the nearly two years since Sweden broadened the definition of rape offenses to include cases in which a victim fails to signal consent, both the reports of alleged rapes and convictions have risen. During that time...

NPR

Monika Evstatieva

Tim Mak

16 June 2020

United States

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One of the key police reforms sought after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, bans on chokeholds and other neck restraints, has failed to curb abuses in some of the nation’s largest police departments because o...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Nonprofit bail funds, which use donated money to pay the bail of low-income people held in jail on pending charges, have won the release of about 55 people in Detroit during the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond the immediate n...

Wall Street Journal

Yaroslav Trofimov

13 June 2020

Ukraine

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Georgia and Ukraine offer cautionary advice to Americans whose mass protests seek structural changes in policing, even abolishing entire police forces. The same was true in those two countries. But, in both cases, ini...

NHPR

Sam Evans-Brown

13 June 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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In order to get the U.S. government to take action on climate change, 30 environmental groups and 12 state governments joined forces to sue the Environmental Protection Agency arguing that it was required to regulate ...

Politico

Katherine Landergan

12 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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A decade after Camden crime and police relations hit bottom, and five years after President Obama lauded its new police department as a model for reform, the city's successful reboot of its police force offers both en...

Mother Jones

Jamie Smith Hopkins

Kristine Villanueva

11 June 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Civilian oversight panels serving as watchdogs and disciplinary enforcers for police departments have a generally poor record of effectiveness, thanks to multiple structural flaws. But examples of successful oversight...

The Correspondent

Patrick Chalmers

10 June 2020

Kenya

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Communities around the world are increasing citizen participation in political decision-making in innovative ways. Participatory budgets allow locals to decide how cities spend money and in some Kenyan cities this has...

Vice

Drew Schwartz

10 June 2020

United States

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In the aftermath of George Floyd's death, the 'big three' major record labels - Sony, Warner, and Universal have taken meaningless actions to address the racial inequity in the music industry. Donations, diversity pan...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Charles D. Ellison

10 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Truly independent citizen review boards can serve as an effective check on police misconduct if they are structured properly, but too many cities are like Philadelphia, where a lack of power and resources means they s...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Allie Barton

9 June 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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To meet the financial needs of undocumented immigrants caught in the gap left by the federal CARES Act pandemic relief program, the advocacy group Aliento has distributed financial aid, educated workers about unemploy...

CNN

Scottie Andrew

9 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Camden, New Jersey, is far smaller and more racially diverse than Minneapolis, but its decision to dissolve and reconstitute its police department may be the most apt case study if the larger city follows through on p...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

5 June 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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While most police-reform ideas focus on top-down imposition of standards, peer intervention puts the burden on individual police officers to prevent misconduct. Grounded in studies of bystanders’ behavior in the face ...

Bloomberg Businessweek

Sarah Holder

4 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Since Camden began addressing its high homicide rate in 2012 with closer collaboration with the community and stricter rules on the use of force, both murders and complaints about police have fallen dramatically. As p...

ProPublica

Andrew Ford

4 June 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Citizen watchdogs can hold local police accountable by using the tactics of investigative reporters that have successfully exposed systemic problems and sparked reforms. One reporter shares five approaches he’s used t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

4 June 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Eight years after the New Orleans Police Department served as a model of how not to police, its Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) program has done more to dismantle the “blue wall of silence” than any other reform...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

3 June 2020

Wyoming, United States

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Schools in Teton County are successfully addressing the achievement gap between English language learners, kids who don't have a strong grasp on English, and white students by taking a holistic approach. In order to i...

The Hechinger Report

Amadou Diallo

1 June 2020

Metaire, Louisiana, United States

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When the John Q. Adams Middle School in Louisiana received a D rating, a new principal stepped in to restructure and address the ongoing issues with staff and students and was seeing success—but that changed when the ...

The Marshall Project

Jamiles Lartey

Maggie Koerth

1 June 2020

United States

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Half a century of research showing the dynamics of how protesters and police interact under pressure teaches that when police respond with escalating force, it doesn’t work. But police continue to lean on such tactics...

The New York Times

Shaila Dewan

Serge Kovaleski

30 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Derek Chauvin's journey through the Minneapolis Police Department’s officer-disciplinary system illustrates the weaknesses of that system and the failure of efforts to fix it. Chauvin, the officer charged in the death...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

Jamiles Lartey

28 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis Police Department’s repeated failures to reform a broken police-discipline system underscore the lack of public trust that exploded in local and nationwide protests after an officer with a troubled rec...

NBC News

Erik Ortiz

24 May 2020

Monument Valley, Utah, United States

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As a response to the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains, especially in remote parts of the Navajo Nation, the new “Seeds and Sheep” program is mailing seeds to families so they can gro...

Next City

Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

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