Ford kills COVID-19 with ingenious car heater hack

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A software update allows Ford police SUVs to sterilize themselves. As COVID-19 has spread across the U.S., sterilizing wipes and hand sanitizer have been in short supply, which was a problem for the NYC police department. So it reached out to Ford to see if there were alternative cleaning products that it could use to keep its fleet of Interceptor SUVs sterile for officers to share across shifts. Read Full Story

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As cities make deep cuts because of COVID-19, police departments are keeping their funding

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Across the country, the police are often the one city agency not facing deep cuts in proposed post-pandemic budgets. As protesters face off against incredibly well-equipped police, they’re asking what that money is for. As images from protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death have spread around the country, a key demand from protesters has been the defunding of city police departments: that cutting the money a city spends on police would, in fact, make communities safer. They’ve pointed to the tactical gear and equipment that the police have been pictured using as evidence that cities spend far too much money on their law enforcement, at the expense of other agencies that often lack funds to offer basic services to residents. Read Full Story

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Why it’s so hard to find accurate policing data

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Old IT systems and incomplete data sets make it hard to track things such as arrests and use of force. Americans are obsessed with data—from daily COVID-19 infections , to the presidential horse race , to unemployment numbers . But starkly absent from these daily accountings are policing figures. Instead of comprehensive data on arrests or use of force, we get individual stories about police officers abusing their power, using excessive force, or being fired from one department only to be hired by another . Read Full Story

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Should we model all policing on the suburbs? Not so fast

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“The suburbs” have been cited as an example of communities that have eliminated police brutality and lower arrests, but even if you live outside of a city, how present the police are in your life still comes down largely to race and class. What would a society with less policing look like? As calls to defund the police echo across the country, that’s the question activists have to answer from concerned citizens who can’t picture how less police could lead to more safety. When someone asked Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez this question on Instagram, she gave an answer that’s appeared frequently across the internet: “It looks like a suburb.” Read Full Story

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How to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine: Lessons from Amazon and Walmart

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Supply-chain ideas practiced by Amazon and Walmart can help reduce waste and minimize shortages of COVID-19 vaccines. The initial rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has begun, and vaccines are shipping across the U.S. Demand for COVID-19 vaccines will outpace supply for the foreseeable future. Yet experts have warned that a substantial proportion of these highly perishable vaccines could go to waste if they are not being used before they expire. Read Full Story

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6 ways to manage Black employees with dignity and respect

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A diversity and inclusion consultant offers some tips to help white leaders manage Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in light of current events. You may have noticed your employees of color, especially your Black employees, have been a bit different this week. In addition to being the racial group most impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S., Black people are feeling the emotional toll of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, on May 25. This latest in a growing number of Black men and women injured or killed by law enforcement officers brought race relations in this country front and center as protesters fill the streets to express their frustrations with racial injustice and police brutality. Read Full Story

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This interactive map shows police violence during protests

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The tool, from human rights organization Amnesty International, is an effort to illustrate how police violence is widespread and systemic. Amnesty International has documented the “most heinous” instances of police violence across the country during the Black Lives Matter protests and is today launching an interactive map of those acts. Read Full Story

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The twisted psychology of militarized police uniforms

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At a time when distrust of the police is rampant, the uniforms officers wear can further strain their relationship with the communities they’re supposed to protect. As protests over the death of George Floyd intensify across the United States, many police officers aren’t confronting the crowds in their regular blue or black uniforms. Instead, their attire comes off as far more aggressive. Read Full Story

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