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The House passed a police reform bill named for George Floyd that would ban choke holds and 'qualified immunity' for officers

Protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington DC. Reuters The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act late Wednesday. The bill would be the most ambitious police reform passed in the US in decades. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it needs at least 10 GOP votes to become law. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US House of Representatives passed the George Floy...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Minneapolis, Congress, Police, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, Washington Dc, House, House Of Representatives, Npr

Ithaca mayor is set to propose a plan to replace the city's police with a civilian-led agency, report says

Svante Myrick, mayor of Ithaca, NY. Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick plans to propose a plan to replace the city's police with a civilian-led agency, GQ reported. The plan was created as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order for New York cities to review their police departments. The proposal includes an agency with armed "public safety workers" and unarmed "community solution workers." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stor...
Tags: Politics, New York, Police, Trends, Andrew Cuomo, Gq, Los Angeles Police Department, Ithaca, Eugene Oregon, Austin Police Department, Ithaca New York, Myrick, Svante Myrick, Police Reform, IPD, Getty Images Ithaca

Report: Replacing cops with healthcare pros working in Denver

Denver replaced front-line cops with healthcare professionals. In six months, how many times did the healthcare professionals need to make an arrest or call for backup? Zero times. A young program that puts troubled nonviolent people in the hands of health care workers instead of police officers has proven successful in its first six months, according to — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Denver, Police Reform

Teaching police departments about autism

According to KPIX CBS 5 in the Bay Area, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department has made it mandatory for all 1,000+ officers on the force to attend an autism workshop as part a 3-day crisis intervention training program. Sheriff's deputy Matthew Clark says officers' chances of encountering someone with autism are greater than ever. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Police, Mental Health, Autism, Police Brutality, Policing, Disabilities, Bay Area, Fix The Police, Disability Rights, Matthew Clark, KPIX CBS, Police Reform, Autistic, Neurodiversity

New Pentagon IG report finds that police don't need all those hand-me-downs of military hardware

In October 2020, the Pentagon's Inspector General released a new report titled, "Audit of Excess Property Issued Through the Department of Defense Law Enforcement Support Program." Looking into just 15 of the 8,000 US police departments who have benefitted from the $7.4 billion dollars worth of excess military gear that's been handed down to them by the Department of Defense since 1990, the IG objectively concluded what any rational human could have figured out all along: there's literally no go...
Tags: Post, News, Police, US, Department Of Defense, Pentagon, Military Surplus, Militarization, Military-industrial Complex, Police State, Policing, Police Reform, Militarized Policing, Militarized Police, Police State Eh, Military Hardware

Louisville Police are actually trying to fire the cops who killed Breonna Taylor

It's a New Year's miracle! From the Louisville Courier-Journal: The Louisville Metro Police Department is seeking to fire two more officers in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor — one who sought the "no-knock" search warrant for her apartment and a second who fired the fatal bullet. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Police Misconduct, Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, Police Killings, Louisville, Fix The Police, Police Accountability, Louisville Metro Police Department, Police Reform, Police Unions, Louisville Police, Police Acting Badly, Breonna Taylor

In First, Black Men Lead Both California Public Safety Panels

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — The first African American lawmakers to lead the California Legislature’s public safety committees at the same time promised Tuesday to bring “radical change” to improve the treatment of Black and Latino people by law enforcement. But the two also immediately acknowledged that their goals don’t differ much from previous legislative attempts and may not bear fruit for another generation. Sen. Steve Bradford and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer both spoke in sometime...
Tags: News, California, Senate, California News, Afghanistan, Bradford, Berkeley, Democratic, Legislature, Los Angeles County, Assembly, California Legislature, Sacramento Calif, Jones Sawyer, Ferragamos, California Correctional Peace Officers Association

California Advisory Board Urges Bias Reviews Of Police Officers’ Social Media

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California police agencies should routinely review officers’ social media, cellphones and computers for racist, bigoted or other offensive content that contributes to disproportionate police stops of Black people, a state advisory board said Monday. The controversial recommendation comes from community and law enforcement representatives who analyzed nearly 4 million vehicle and pedestrian stops by California’s 15 largest law enforcement agencies in 2019. The Raci...
Tags: Facebook, News, Minneapolis, California, California News, Sacramento, Cbs, Black, Sacramento Calif, Santa Clara County, San Francisco Police Department, Police Reform, Los Angeles County Sheriff 's Department, San Jose Police Department, California Police Chiefs Association, Eric Nunez

US Police have stolen $68 billion in the past 20 years from American citizens without due process

The nonprofit Institute for Justice has just released the 3rd edition of its Policing For Profit report, examining the abuses of civil asset forfeiture by local police across the United States. According to their data, local police departments have seized more than $68 billion dollars worth of personal property without due process over the last 20 years. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Police, Police Misconduct, Theft, US, United States, Police State, Police abuse, Institute for Justice, Police Accountability, Civil Asset Forfeiture, Police Reform, Police Corruption, Police Acting Badly

One of the highest-paid cops in the US accused of corruption

Metheun, Massachusetts is a town of about 50,000 people that sits on the border of New Hampshire. It's perhaps best known as the birthplace of Robert Frost. About 90 percent of the people there are white, and the average household income is about $50,000. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Police, Police Misconduct, US, New Hampshire, Police Impunity, Police Accountability, Robert Frost, Police Reform, Police Corruption, Police State Eh, Police Acting Badly, Metheun Massachusetts

Obama says that 'snappy' slogans like 'defund the police' lose people 'the minute you say it'

Former President Barack Obama. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images Former President Barack Obama in an interview set to be released later on Wednesday emphasized that activists and politicians who want policing reforms lose a lot of people when they use slogans like "defund the police," according to Vanity Fair. On the Snapchat political news series "Good Luck America," Obama told host Peter Hamby that such slogans have the potential to sink opportunities for reform before they can even be...
Tags: Politics, Minneapolis, Obama, Congress, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, House, US Senate, Vanity Fair, Policing, South Carolina, Charleston, Democratic Party, Peter Hamby

Hardesty questions council’s commitment to racial justice after police budget cut plan falls 3-2

Police ready to escort a bike ride in August 2006.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) In a not too surprising move, Portland City Council just voted 3-2 against a police budget cut proposal championed by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. “We are hearing a consistent message: Police do not make us safe. What makes us safe is investing in community… When Chief Lovell called these potential cuts to the bureau devastating. I want to be clear, police violence is also devastating.”— Jo Ann Hardest...
Tags: Budget, Police, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Department Of Justice, Doj, Black, Rubio, Floyd, Ryan, Portland Police Bureau, Lovell, Dan Ryan, Amanda Fritz

Protests and election loom over today’s police budget vote

Screengrab from video by Sergio Olmos shows officers shoving protestors to the ground last night. (Source: @MrOlmos on Twitter) With all the political drama of the past week, our local debate over a proposal to cut $18 million from the Portland Police Bureau seems like it happened ages ago. But it’s only been one week since Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty called her council colleagues “cowardly” for not voting on her proposal. The vote is scheduled to happen when council meets again today (11/5) a...
Tags: Budget, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, US supreme court, Kate Brown, Ryan, Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Dan Ryan, Ted Wheeler, Jonathan Maus, Police Bureau

‘Legal Equalizer’ App Helps People Know Their Rights, Safely Interact With Police: ‘Accountability On All Sides For Everybody’

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Tags: News, Tech, Atlanta, Michael Brown, Cbs, Njie, CBS Local, Traffic Stop, Police Reform, Ryan Mayer, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Mbye Njie, Legal Equalizer Available, Mbye

A year-long investigation into the unaccountable police brutality of K9 units

A collaborative team of journalists from The Marshall Project,, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute spent a year exploring a topic that often gets overlooked in discussions of police brutality: dog attacks. How many people get attacked by K9 units every year? — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Dogs, Police, Police Brutality, Police Violence, Police Accountability, K9 Unit, Police Reform, Invisible Institute, K9, Police Dogs, Dogs And Humans, Marshall Project AL com IndyStar

George Floyd's sister says Biden is 'the change that we need' in new campaign ad

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks via video link to family and guests at the funeral service for George Floyd in Houston. DAVID J. PHILLIP/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Joe Biden's campaign released a new ad Wednesday featuring Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, where she calls the Democratic presidential nominee "the change that we need." In the ad, Bridgett Floyd appealed to people to let their voices be heard through the voting process. The death of George Floyd cata...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Civil Rights, Houston, Biden, Usa Today, Presidential Election, Racial Inequality, Election 2020, Black Lives Matter Movement, Floyd, Jill

NYPD officials threaten discipline and consequences if officers don't wear masks

The New York Times reports: New York City police officials instructed all officers to wear masks in public or risk discipline, as the department faces mounting criticism over officers' failure to comply with a state mandate that people wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Police, Police Misconduct, New York City, New York Times, Nypd, Policing, Police Accountability, Police Reform, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Wear A Mask

What is "copanganda," and how did these shows emerge?

Entertainment is getting reassessed in terms of copaganda, or how uncritically shows portray policing, as part of 2020's racial reckoning over police brutality and misconduct. YouTuber Skip Intro has a series on the topic. His analysis of Blue Bloods, a show not getting the most scrutiny.: — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Cops, Police, Police Brutality, Police Reform, Media Criticism

Ban On Chokeholds Among California Criminal Justice Reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the slayings of George Floyd and other Black people in police custody across the country, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday banned certain chokeholds as he approved several new laws designed to increase oversight of the criminal justice system. The California bill does not apply to the sort of suffocation that killed Floyd in May in Minneapolis and led to months of protests. Floyd died when a police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck while he was on...
Tags: Politics, News, Minneapolis, California, California News, Ap, Gavin Newsom, Floyd, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Mike Gipson, Sacramento Calif, Newsom, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, Xavier Becerra, Police Reform, Sen Nancy Skinner

California Lawmakers Failed To Pass Meaningful Police Reform Bills, Activists Say

(CNN) — Last week, California State Sen. Steven Bradford said he was confident that “the votes were there” for his proposed bill. SB 731, introduced in July, would have made it possible to strip badges of officers convicted of certain crimes or hit with misconduct charges, including excessive use of force. In recent weeks, it had even garnered public support from dozens of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West who tweeted August 30 that it “will just make police officers accountable if they...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, California, Senate, US, California News, Cnn, House, Bradford, Michael Brown, Peace Officers Research Association Of California, Ferguson Missouri, Houston, Department Of Justice, Goldman, Los Angeles Times

California Bill To Permanently Strip Badges From ‘Bad Officers’ Fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A bill that would allow “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year’s top policing reform bills. The measure would have created a way to decertify officers found to have committed serious misconduct. The bill got a late boost from celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted that the measure is needed so officers are held accountable if they...
Tags: Politics, News, Minneapolis, California, Senate, California News, Sacramento, Ap, Bradford, Rhode Island, Gavin Newsom, Kim Kardashian West, Legislature, Assembly, National Guard, California Legislature

Biden Said ‘Most Cops Are Good.’ But Progressives Want Systemic Change.

Joe Biden’s comment at the convention that “most cops are good” and that the bad ones need to be prosecuted struck an array of activists as discordant at a moment when many are calling for transformational change.
Tags: News, Police, Joe Biden, Biden, Democratic Party, Democratic National Committee, Police Reform, Joseph R Jr, Presidential Election of 2020, Biden Said

Texas Governor Proposes Freezing Taxes in Cities That ‘Defund’ Police

Reacting to a vote in Austin to cut millions from its police budget, Gov. Greg Abbott is backing legislation to deprive cities of control over a major revenue source if they follow suit.
Tags: Texas, News, Police, Austin, Taxation, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Politics And Government, Police Reform, Budgets and Budgeting, Austin (Tex, Gregory W (1957-, George Floyd Protests (2020

Trump Ads Attack Biden Through Deceptive Editing and Hyperbole

We reviewed all of the Trump campaign’s television since June. Two-thirds contained clearly misleading claims or videos.
Tags: News, Police, Biden, Taxation, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Political advertising, Charter Schools, United States Politics and Government, Police Reform, Federal Taxes (US, Presidential Election of 2020, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017

Carmelo Anthony Calls Push for Social Justice a ‘Lifelong Fight’

Anthony’s career seemed to be over not long ago. But he has reclaimed the spotlight with the Portland Trail Blazers, and he’s using it for something personal: speaking out about police brutality.
Tags: News, Basketball, Black People, Police Brutality, Discrimination, Racial Profiling, Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers, Black Lives Matter Movement, National Basketball Assn, Carmelo, Police Reform, Misconduct and Shootings, Race and Ethnicity, Social Change Fund, Carmelo Anthony Calls Push for Social Justice

Seattle Police Chief to Resign as Council Pursues Ambitious Plan to Cut Budget

Carmen Best announced her retirement on Monday night, hours after the City Council approved cuts to the police budget.
Tags: News, Police, City Council, Black Lives Matter Movement, Seattle Police, Police Reform, Budgets and Budgeting, Seattle (Wash, City Councils, Carmen Best, George Floyd Protests (2020

Who Opposes Defunding the N.Y.P.D.? These Black Lawmakers

Several Black City Council members have lashed out at progressives, comparing calls to defund the police to “colonization” and “political gentrification.”
Tags: News, New York City, Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter Movement, Police Reform, Budgets and Budgeting, Misconduct and Shootings, Police Department (NYC, City Council (NYC, Several Black City Council

In the Wake of Protests

Some of what we saw was people cosplaying consciousness — symbolism that cost nothing and shifted no power.
Tags: News, Obama, United States, Black People, Police Brutality, Giuliani, Pew Research Center, Barack, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Donald J, Police Reform, Misconduct and Shootings, Race and Ethnicity, Rudolph W, Polls and Public Opinion

‘Top Cop’ Kamala Harris’s Record of Policing the Police

Senator Harris is speaking out amid the police reform movement. But how did she oversee police misconduct as a district attorney and attorney general?
Tags: News, Black People, Police Brutality, Racial Profiling, Attorneys General, Kamala Harris, Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter Movement, Calif, HARRIS, Police Reform, Crime and Criminals, District Attorneys, Misconduct and Shootings, Race and Ethnicity, Presidential Election of 2020

Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure

What is it like when a city abandons a neighborhood and the police vanish? Business owners describe a harrowing experience of calling for help and being left all alone.
Tags: News, Small Business, Seattle, Black Lives Matter Movement, Police Reform, Seattle (Wash, Durkan, Jenny A, George Floyd Protests (2020