This legislative package on police reform is aimed at fixing the NYPD

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The Safer NY Act would make it harder for the police to hide misconduct claims, force them to report demographic data about arrests, and legalize marijuana. As people protested around the country in response to the murder of George Floyd, the nation has seen video after video of police tear gassing, shoving, and shooting at protestors. At massive protests in New York, a police van drove through a protest, and one officer even pulled a handgun on protestors in Manhattan’s Union Square. Read Full Story

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More technology won’t fix the problems with modern policing

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After a decade of mistakes, police departments need to recognize that more sophisticated surveillance technology will only exacerbate bias and abuse in policing. Video of police in riot gear clashing with unarmed protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filled social media feeds. Meanwhile, police surveillance of protesters has remained largely out of sight. Read Full Story

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This video calls out L.A. mayor’s handling of police force during Black Lives Matter protests

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City officials are saying one thing about Black Lives Matter, but the actions of their police forces are doing another, as this expertly edited video reveals. The irony of protests against police brutality being met with police brutality has not been lost during this current global outcry for racial equality sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and more. Read Full Story

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Police conducted a ‘planned assault’ on protesters, according to a new visual investigation

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Human Rights Watch and SITU Research use 3D modeling and video analysis to show how the New York Police Department tried to suppress a peaceful protest in June. When about 300 people gathered on the streets of the Bronx for a peaceful march one evening in early June, the New York Police Department was ready for them. According to a new report and video evidence collected from members of the public and analyzed by a team of human rights advocates and architects, officers deliberately trapped protesters using a tactic that resulted in violence and hundreds of arrests. Read Full Story

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YouTubers are creating monetized videos about racial justice so you can donate to BLM by streaming

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If you can’t protest and can’t donate, you can still generate funds by watching these videos (and the ads). George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked action against police brutality around the world, from protest to a flood of donations for bail funds and Black Lives Matter to renewed calls for legislation that would reform police departments. If you aren’t able to donate money but still want to financially support the movement, YouTubers are creating monetized videos that allow you to support BLM just by streaming with your ad blocker off. 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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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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Walmart removes guns and ammo from some stores due to ongoing protests against police brutality

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The move comes after some retailers, including Walmart competitor Target, have been looted during the overwhelmingly peaceful protests. As protests around the country over the killing of Gorge Floyd at the hands of police officers enter their second week, brick-and-mortar retailing giant Walmart has confirmed that it has removed firearms and ammunition from some of its stores across the country. Read Full Story

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Beauty brands were quick to tout diversity during summer protests, but the commitment was short-lived

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Beauty brands posted more images of models with dark skin tones during the BLM protests, then immediately reverted to the mix of largely light-skinned models. Over the summer, in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, millions of people protested in cities across the country, demanding police reform and more accountability. Companies scrambled to reframe their work and put out statements that kept pace with public sentiment. Read Full Story

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How to help Nigeria: What you can do for the ‘End SARS’ protest movement right now

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A growing effort to end police brutality at the hands of Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad is getting international attention. Protests against police brutality in Nigeria took a deadly turn yesterday as a growing youth-led effort to end the country’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and reform its policing system continued for a third week. According to eyewitnesses cited in news reports and on social media, soldiers on Tuesday opened fire on protesters in Lagos, the country’s largest city, while Amnesty International has warned that the violence there could escalate. Read Full Story

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