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CNN

Rob Kuznia

Casey Tolan

25 June 2020

United States

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The most effective civilian oversight agencies that act as watchdogs over police discipline are empowered to conduct independent investigations, impose discipline on individual officers, and influence disciplinary pol...

Politico

Emily Nonko

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25 June 2020

San Quentin, California, United States

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those w...

Black Star News

Aallyah Wright

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24 June 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Black businesses in Mississippi are receiving a financial boost from a nonprofit that seeks to level the playing field for rural African-Americans in the state who have historically been overlooked when it comes to fe...

The New York Times

Rukmini Callimachi

24 June 2020

Woodlynne, New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey’s responses to police misconduct offer stark lessons in how certain failures can allow troubled officers to hop from job to job undetected. The state lacks a central database of police misconduct and remain...

CNN

Ashley Vaughan

23 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, a...

The New York Times

Katrin Bennhold

Melissa Eddy

23 June 2020

Germany

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To prevent its police forces from ever again being turned into militarized and politicized tools of an authoritarian state, Germany requires all police trainees to visit former Nazi concentration camps and learn in de...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Suevon Lee

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22 June 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Twelve Honolulu high school students, who had only ever met online, used social media to organize a Black Lives Matter protest that drew over 10,000 people. The teens used online forums to communicate about their goal...

USA Today

Lindsay Schnell

22 June 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Less than one month into its use of a crisis intervention team to handle mental health calls in place of the police, Denver’s one-year STAR pilot project has been flooded with calls and already has achieved success in...

The Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

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19 June 2020

United States

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Just as the Emmett Till murder helped inspire protests in the civil rights era, which in turn led to the passage of civil rights and voting rights legislation, the protests over policing in 2020 already have sparked r...

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-...

The TRiiBE

Matt Harvey

17 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Many organizations are holding food drives, providing hot meals, and delivering essential items like groceries and diapers to children and their communities in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Based on a tradition o...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

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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...

The Washington Post

Gregory Scruggs

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16 June 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle's police-free street encampment that sprang up during protests over policing abuses, a mostly unarmed group of volunteer "sentinels" has defused a number of potential problems while largely avoiding the use...

Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

16 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When protests against police violence turned into looting and anti-Black violence in some Latinx neighborhoods, violence interrupters from groups such as UCAN, EnLace, and Chicago CRED brokered a peace agreement that ...

Civil Eats

Christina Cooke

15 June 2020

Wagram, North Carolina, United States

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A former North Carolina prison has been reclaimed by the nonprofit Growing Change to teach sustainable farming to youth who otherwise might be doomed to their own prison terms without an effective intervention. The 9-...

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...

The Appeal

Brendan McQuade

12 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Hailed as an example of a successful, radical makeover of a police department, Camden's policing actually represents only a slight shift, from mass incarceration to its close cousin, mass supervision through surveilla...

The Plug

Jewel Wicker

12 June 2020

United States

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Spurred by the trend towards digital conferencing during the Covid19 pandemic, Black technologists created virtual gatherings to support communities who are generally underrepresented in the tech industry. “Quarantine...

U.S. News & World Report

Melanie D. G. Kaplan

11 June 2020

United States

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Artists are designing bold and direct messaging to provide Covid-19 information to underserved populations. The messaging is explicit, often highlighting the role of racism in health disparities seen with the virus, a...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

11 June 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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CAHOOTS, the 31-year-old program considered a model for the growing number of community-based crisis programs, fielded more than 24,000 calls in 2019, less than 1% of which required police involvement. The program's u...

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...

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

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...

The New York Times

Tracey Tully

Kevin Armstrong

1 June 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial bur...

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...

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