Policing

SUV Tragedy in Wisconsin Shows How Vehicles Can Be Used as a Weapon of Mass Killing

Six people were killed and many more were injured after an SUV crashed into a Christmas parade. A terrorism expert explains how vehicles have been weaponized.

Domestic Violence Declined During Covid-19 Lockdowns

While documented simple and aggravated assaults dropped, reports of domestic violence rose for a variety of reasons, new research shows.

Black People Killed by Police at More Than Twice the Rate of Whites

An analysis of police violence also shows that the National Vital Statistics System misclassified and underreported about 55% of the estimated deaths by law enforcement for nearly 30 years.

Surging Catalytic Converter Thefts Spur State Crackdowns

The pollution control devices contain precious metals worth thousands of dollars per ounce.

Moderate Democrats Prevail in Notable Local Races, as a High Profile Police Reform Initiative Fails

But progressives also scored some key wins. Experts caution that off-year elections typically do not serve as a great barometer for the nation's political leanings.

Strategies for Combating the Opioid Crisis

In many cities and states, fatal drug overdoses—primarily from opioids—outnumber homicides, deaths from auto accidents, suicides and other types of fatalities. Law enforcement’s role is changing to address the challenges, according to research.

We Can’t Transform Policing Without Addressing Trauma

COMMENTARY | Studies show that many police officers suffer trauma on the job. Officer wellness programs can help them better serve their communities.

Percentage of Women in State Policing Has Stalled Since 2000

Female officers are less likely to use force and are named in fewer complaints.

3 Strategies for Advancing Facial Recognition Technology in Policing

As more agencies launch FRT programs, standard best practices should be discussed regularly to ensure this technology protects citizen’s privacy and civil liberties, according to a recent report.

Cracking Cold Cases: Police Turn to Podcasts to Track Down Killers

Law enforcement officials say that department-sponsored podcasts—free, easy to download and available on demand—are perfect for disseminating information. (America’s true-crime obsession doesn’t hurt.)

What the Rest of America Can Learn From Colorado

COMMENTARY | One year after widespread protests, state reforms have brought accountability to policing, if not an end to brutality.

The Potential Flaw in How Many Big City Police Officers are Assigned to Neighborhoods

A new study finds that getting more experienced officers into higher crime districts could have a number of upsides, including reduced violent crime rates.

A State Moves to Establish a Process for Revoking Police Officer Licenses

California is one of just four states without such a system in place. A bill that would change that is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.

Another State Will Train Police to Draw Blood From Drunk Driving Suspects

Georgia will establish a phlebotomy program to instruct law enforcement officers on how to collect blood samples, the latest in a growing number of states to embrace the practice.

States Look to Ban Police From Lying During Interrogations

Lawmakers in Illinois approved legislation that would prohibit police from lying to minors during interrogations, and similar proposals are underway in other states.

Texas Moves to Ban Police From Participating in Reality Shows

The legislation came after a Black man died in police custody in 2019 while being filmed for a documentary TV series. The footage was destroyed, and details of his death emerged only after local news outlets pushed for answers.

As States Push for Police Accountability, Advocates Focus on Black Trauma

“We don’t say, ‘Just pray about it.’ I encourage people to get therapy.”

The Feds Are Investigating Local Police Departments Again. Here's What to Expect.

Louisville and Minneapolis are in line for contentious, years-long probes.

American Cities Have Long Struggled to Reform Their Police – but Isolated Success Stories Suggest Community and Officer Buy-in Might be Key

COMMENTARY | Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success.

A Police Union Contract Puts Taxpayers on the Hook to Defend Officers When the City Won’t

A little-known labor contract provision obligates New Yorkers to help pay officers’ legal bills in lawsuits that city lawyers won’t defend.