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Jennifer Gollan

9 October 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Starting in 1968, Congress has passed a series of laws, as have some states, stripping gun possession rights from people convicted of felonies or of domestic violence, or who are the subjects of restraining orders. Bu...

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Andrew Blankstein

7 October 2021

Virginia, United States

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A new Virginia law restricts when the police can stop motorists, limiting the chances for inequitable law enforcement. Barred from stopping vehicles based on minor infractions like a broken taillight, police in the fi...

The Washington Post

Kimberly Kindy

7 October 2021

Colorado, United States

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Fifteen months after Colorado became the first state to strip law enforcement officers of their legal immunity from civil lawsuits for misconduct on the job, one lawsuit has been filed over a notorious incident while ...

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Matt Vasilogambros

5 October 2021

United States

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted red-flag laws, most of them since the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The laws, also called extreme risk protection order laws, allow law enforcement off...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

5 October 2021

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health pr...

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Alexander Lekhtman

4 October 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Since Denver voters approved the decriminalization of the natural psychedelic drug psilocybin, the small number of arrests grew even smaller and one supporter of the policy sees growing interest in the therapeutic use...

The New York Times

Rachel Louise Snyder

1 October 2021

England

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The Respect Phoneline started in the UK in 2004 to give anonymous callers, usually men, a way to seek help for their violent impulses. Rather than putting the burden for resolving domestic violence on survivors and on...

Boulder Weekly

Jodi Hausen

30 September 2021

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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Although several Colorado law enforcement agencies have trained officers on how to de-escalate interactions with people in a crisis, including people with disabilities, the state in 2022 will become the latest to mand...

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Adina Solomon

29 September 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Secure Neighborhoods program lets select police officers buy houses at subsidized prices if they move into a mostly Black, historically disinvested neighborhood. The aim of the program is to make police officers p...

KMOV-TV

Lauren Trager

28 September 2021

Missouri, United States

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A new Missouri law, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, restricts the ability of local law enforcement officials to collaborate with federal officials in enforcing gun laws and investigating gun crimes. The law, wh...

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Tomáš Lindner

21 June 2015

Geisenhausen, Bavaria, Germany

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Česko odmítá uprchlické kvóty. Místní politici říkají, že společnost není na příchod a integraci utečenců připravená. Budují v lidech strach z toho, že migrace rozvátí zemi. Zcela odlišný obraz uprchlické krize nabízí...

New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO)

Richard A. Webster

24 September 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Comparing police accountability in Jefferson Parish, La., to neighboring New Orleans reveals a stark contrast because of federally imposed reforms in New Orleans. Jefferson's sheriff's office, one of the nation's larg...

The Cut

Melissa Jeltsen

22 September 2021

Moab, Utah, United States

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The case of Gabby Petito illustrates how decades-old laws meant to make police take domestic violence more seriously can backfire on the people who most need protection. Mandatory-arrest laws require police responding...

The Atlantic

Russell Berman

22 September 2021

Aurora, Colorado, United States

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In the wake of 2020's social-justice protests and a controversial killing by Aurora police of a man in their custody, Colorado legislators passed the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Act, the first police-reform law ...

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Tony Plohetski

15 September 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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After years of inaction on police-reform measures, Austin city leaders raced to restructure and cut resources from the city's police department after the 2020 nationwide social-justice protests followed close on the h...

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David Kroman

13 September 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Washington state legislators imposed new restrictions on the use of force by police, including strict limits on physically restraining someone who is not suspected of committing a crime. At a time when non-police resp...

The Imprint

Julie Reynolds Martinez

9 September 2021

Salinas, California, United States

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For more than 10 years, a pair of programs helped make major reductions in youth violence in Monterey County and the Salinas Valley by targeting the small number of people at highest risk of committing violence. That ...

Christian Science Monitor

Erika Page

8 September 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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Malmö's Sluta Skjut (Stop Shooting) program adopts a group violence intervention approach that has been used widely in the U.S. Gang members and others believed to be involved in street violence are summoned to "call-...

WKMG-TV

Erik von Ancken

8 September 2021

Lake Mary, Florida, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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The Mental Health Intervention Group is a partnership of hospitals and community social services agencies formed by the Lake Mary Police Department to address mental health problems before they turn into crises. Avoid...

San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Swan

7 September 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland Ceasefire's "delicate architecture" balancing law enforcement and community-based responses to gun violence, which seemed to have helped lower the city's gun violence by half since 2012, came crashing down dur...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Williamson

5 September 2021

Whitefish, Montana, United States

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When a white nationalist leader sparked an antisemitic hate campaign in his vacation community to settle a personal grievance, the community rose up in unison to confront the hate and render it toothless. Everyone fro...

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Kehinde Ogunyale

4 September 2021

Nigeria

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Protests against alleged brutality and extrajudicial killings by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led to demands for judicial panels of inquiry to investigate the abuses and provide justice to victims. Of N...

Bloomberg Businessweek

Fola Akinnibi

2 September 2021

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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A 2002 agreement with the U.S. Justice Department made Cincinnati a model of police reform. After a series of controversial shootings of residents, police committed to a less harsh, more publicly accountable approach ...

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Erica Lenti

1 September 2021

Orange, Massachusetts, United States

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Trans Doe Task Force is a nonprofit project by two professional genetic genealogists that works to solve cold cases involving missing and murdered trans people. Trans people are at greater risk of violence. When their...

Triad City Beat

Sayaka Matsuoka

1 September 2021

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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Greensboro's version of the Cure Violence program, called Gate City Coalition, has helped reduce homicides nearly to zero in the two neighborhoods where it operates. At a time of escalated gun violence, the Cure Viole...

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