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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Is it time to defund the police?

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Police reform activists are asking that cities stop relying on reforms as the only solution to police violence. Instead, they propose, spend less money on the police and more on social programs that can improve public safety. Five years ago, in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown and other high-profile deaths at the hands of the police, six cities took part in a national program designed to help reform policing, from training in implicit racial bias and how to de-escalate tense situations to new standards for the use of force and early-warning systems designed to identify officers at risk of causing violence. Minneapolis—where George Floyd was killed by police—was one of the cities that participated, but there’s no broader evidence that the reforms helped change officer behavior. Read Full Story

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These are 8 simple reforms mayors could make to start to reduce police violence

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8 Can’t Wait, from Deray Mckesson’s Campaign Zero, offers a quick blueprint for simple use-of-force policies that have been associated with fewer deaths. In many cities in the U.S., police departments don’t have a ban on chokeholds and strangleholds—despite the fact that the practice can seriously injure or kill civilians. In cities that do have these bans, police officers have killed 22% fewer people. Similarly, many cities don’t have a policy that requires officers to make a report every time they use or threaten to use force against civilians. There’s a 25% gap in police killings between cities that do and don’t have that policy. Read Full Story

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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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America’s gun violence epidemic is inextricably linked to police violence

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Can we change policing if we don’t change the country’s lax gun laws? More than three months after Louisville police forcefully entered the home of Breonna Taylor and fired multiple shots, striking her at least eight times, the officers involved still have not faced charges. Without video evidence, like there was for the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, there’s no “indisputable proof of wrongdoing,” the city’s deputy general counsel said (though one officer is being fired, Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher recently announced .) The police have continued to defend their use of force in the case, asserting that they only fired their guns after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, initially shot at them. Read Full Story

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Small data, big impact, and GMB adds ‘time in business’ label: Thursday’s daily brief

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Marketing Land’s daily brief features daily insights, news, tips, and essential bits of wisdom for today’s digital marketer. If you would like to read this before the rest of the internet does, sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox daily. Good morning, Marketers, how low is your code? If you’re a marketer, not a developer (and I’m sure some of you are both), your coding skills are probably fairly low. A bit of html here and there maybe? Does that mean low code tools might make your lives easier? Do you use them to build customer journeys or campaigns, or create emails or other content? Or are you using genuine no code tools to do parts of your job. A WYSIWYG CMS interface, perhaps, or project management tools with drag and drop configurations? I’m planning to take a closer look at the low code/no code space in …

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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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Eliminating this federal program would play a major part in demilitarizing the police

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Since 1997, there’s been an easy pipeline of combat equipment from the military to local community police departments—including assault rifles, grenade launchers, and bomb-detonating robots. In 2014, the ACLU reported that police departments in Arizona had collectively amassed a military arsenal that included: 712 rifles, 64 armored vehicles, 42 forced-entry tools, 32 bomb suits, 704 night-vision items, 830 units of surveillance equipment, and, in at least one department, “a .50 caliber machine gun that shoots bullets powerful enough to blast through the buildings on multiple city blocks.” 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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