Policing

Louisville Agrees to $12 Million Settlement and Police Reforms After Death of Breonna Taylor

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Minneapolis police making fewer traffic stops … Maryland needs to decide how to complete transit project after contractors leave … Private schools will get less CARES Act money than U.S. Department of Education wanted.

Rochester Police Leaders Step Down Over Handling of Daniel Prude Death

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Prisoners extorting Alabama prison inmates’ family members … San Francisco mayor condemns Burning Man beach gathering … Colorado AG launches airline investigation.

Protesters Sue Detroit, City Pledges to Countersue

Protesters against police brutality sued the city for the use of excessive force. The city’s top lawyer said he was “pleased to hear” of the lawsuit—because the city plans to countersue.

Teenager Charged With Homicide After Shooting at Kenosha Protest

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Hurricane Laura, pushing ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge, makes landfall in Texas and Louisiana … Former New York assembly speaker begins serving prison sentence … Idaho House votes to revoke Covid emergency declaration.

Anger Can Build a Better World

COMMENTARY | Black Lives Matter protests are not anti-American, but as American as one can get.

Second Night of Unrest in Wisconsin City After Police Shooting of Black Man

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A look at local and state government ties to Idaho militias … Colorado interstate reopens after two-week wildfire closure … Connecticut city to name sewer plant after John Oliver.

Protests Arrive Outside Mayors’ Front Doors

The homes of public officials have become magnets for protests. Not all mayors are pleased.

Chicago Police Will Monitor Social Media in Response to Looting

"Social media platforms have repeatedly been used to organize large groups of people to engage in illegal activity," said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The Fun Police Should Stand Down

Social gatherings provoke moral indignation—but bringing in law enforcement will promote injustice, not reduce infections.

Seattle Police Chief Announces Retirement As City Council Cuts Department Budget

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A federal review finds racist practices at an Alabama public housing authority … Oregon legislature cuts state budget in one-day session … California vows to replace archaic technology that led to Covid undercounts.

Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction

At least 100 agencies used forms of tear gas on people in the past two months.

Dozens of Minneapolis Police Officers on Leave for PTSD

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Members of a Pennsylvania city council could censure colleagues who attended Black Lives Matter protests … People in Louisiana aren’t providing their contacts to contact tracers … To go to Alaska, you must test negative.

Unchecked Power? How Law Enforcement Could Leverage Facial Recognition During Protests

COMMENTARY | The lack of regulation around facial recognition usage allows law enforcement to use the technology in ways that could undermine civil rights and liberties.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Says Many Federal Officers Will Leave Portland

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A couple states report surprisingly good tax receipts in July … Tennessee governor OKs resumption of high school football … Florida marks 5,000 Burmese pythons removed from Everglades.

The Legal Protections Shielding Police Taken Up By State Legislatures

With federal action on the issue looking unlikely, state legislators are considering proposals that would eliminate or limit the scope of qualified immunity for police officers.

Local Pushback Over Federal Officers in Portland Grows As Trump Threatens Feds Could Deploy to Other Cities

Federal agents reportedly are expected to be sent to Chicago this week, despite objections from local leaders.

One City Rejected a Policing Algorithm. Could It Be Used For Other Purposes?

In Pittsburgh, an algorithm that deployed law enforcement officers to predicted crime “hot spots” might be repurposed to send social services to areas in need instead.

First Comes Police Reform. Then Comes Everything Else.

Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality. But the need for systemic reform runs much deeper.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Under New Scrutiny Amid Calls for Police Reform

But with the economic instability caused by the coronavirus pandemic, some worry law enforcement and prosecutors could actually step up efforts to seize criminal defendants' property.